Super Fun Summer Reading Challenge Ideas for Kids

Michelle

May 21, 2023

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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 different organisations that have super fun summer reading challenge ideas for kids.

Summer book or reading challenges are a great way to get kids involved in reading over the summer break. It helps to keep them off screen and also continuing to build their literacy skills even when they are off school.

Summer Reading Challenges 2023

Here are some of the summer reading challenges that kids will enjoy. Some involve visiting the library, others can be done by downloading reading lists online.

Happy reading!

Summer Reading Challenge 2023

summer reading challenge 2023 national reading agency uk

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge 2023 theme for The Reading Agency in the UK is Ready Set Read! arriving online and in your local library this summer.

Get ready for a whole load of team spirit, your fave sporty (or not!) heroes, and plenty of fun with our latest collection for the 2023 sports and games themed Summer Reading Challenge: Ready, Set, Read! Each book has been specially chosen by an expert group of readers for everybody taking part to enjoy.

The aim of the challenge is to get children to read any six books of their choice from their library during the summer holidays.

Summer Stars National Reading Adventure 2023

The Summer Stars reading programme runs in public libraries throughout Ireland during summer, from June until the end of August. All children throughout the country are invited to join the adventure and to enjoy the fun and pleasure of reading and writing over the summer. Summer Stars is non-competitive and every child who reads even one book / ebook is regarded as having completed the programme – and it’s all completely free!

Each child who registers for the programme at their local library joins in the fun of reading lots of exciting books during the summer.

Children can sign up for the programme in their local library at the start of the summer and are encouraged to read as many books as they can during the months of July and August.

Track your reading progress with reading cards which can be marked each time a book is read, online or in print form. These are available from your local library or for download and print here.

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Reading Rockets

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Readingrockets.org 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.

Their Start with a Book website offers lots of book ideas by age.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

summer scholastic reading challenge

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. 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.

From May 4 through  September 7, kids can visit the summer zone in Scholastic Home Base, a completely free digital destination which offers stories, characters, games, and a community of readers. Home Base is moderated for safety 24/7.

PBS Parents Summer Reading

pbs summer reading challenge

PBS Parents has some good resources for parents with fun, educational activities that explore reading, writing and language. Just pick the age group you are interested in and there are also some nice tips to encourage reading every day.

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Our book scavenger hunt for kids is great fun – and you might find your kids get distracted by some reading while they are at it!

Super Fun Summer Reading Challenges for Kids

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