Summer Reading Challenge Ideas for Kids

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Summer is a great time for kids to catch up on reading, and if you’re looking for fun materials to make summer reading as enjoyable as possible for your child, then here are some websites that have super fun summer reading challenge ideas for kids.

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Animal Agents

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The Reading Agency in the UK has chosen Animal Agents, illustrated by Tony Ross, as the theme for the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge. Tony Ross is the illustrator of the Horrid Henry series.

The aim of the challenge is to get children to read any six books of their choice from their library during the summer holidays. The Summer Reading Challenge website helps you keep track of your reading, find new books to read, take part in competitions and play games.

Summer Stars

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The Summer Stars reading programme is running in public libraries throughout Ireland this summer. It’s a free programme, open to all children. Each child who registers for the programme at their local library joins in the fun of reading lots of exciting books during the summer. Check out Binky and Zoink at your local library and join in the fun during Summer 2017!

Children will receive their own Summer Stars Reading Card to record their progress and the Summer Stars Reward Stamp will be added to their card at the library for each book read. Fun rewards will be provided along the way. At the end of the programme, all children who have participated will be invited to attend an awards event.

Reading Rockets

summer reading challenge has 10 Weeks of Summer Reading Adventures for you and your Kids with activities for each week on different topics from outdoors to recipes to travel. And as well as Summer Reading Lists which are free downloadable PDFs of recommended books by age, they also have 50 free ebooks for families.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

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The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free reading program dedicated to stopping the “Summer Slide” and encouraging kids to read every day this summer. Now in its 10th year, the Summer Reading Challenge invites kids to log the minutes they spend reading as they strive to set a new world record for summer reading.

This year’s theme is “Happy Campers” encouraging kids to be the best independent readers they can be. There are fun resources and booklists on the website for parents & kids, and there are also teacher resources where schools can sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge.

PBS Parents Summer Reading

pbsparentsPBS Parents has some good resources for parents with fun, educational activities that explore reading, writing and language. There are also some nice tips to encourage reading every day.

Stop by each week to discover great programming, activities, special offers and other new and exciting ways to sneak some learning into summer fun!

ThinkStretch Summer Reading Challenge

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The Summer Reading Challenge is an online way to encourage students and families to read over the summer by logging 20 minutes of reading five days a week. Each time a student logs 20 minutes they earn a raffle ticket for a prize drawing. Students can create their personal online logins and track their progress as they earn raffle tickets.

Entertain Your Brain activities offer hands on science, math, reading and writing exploration. On each student’s personal challenge page there is a scrolling bar of Entertain Your Brain activities. With new activities every week, kids and families can explore science activities like “homemade silly putty” and “electricity in your mouth.”

They also have reading lists and their outdoor games and activities keep kids off the couch too. And schools can sign up for a summer reading student programme.


Will your child do a summer reading challenge this year? How do you plan to keep them reading? Share any tips in the comments below.

Summer Reading Challenge