Summer Reading Challenge Ideas for Kids

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 can help you find summer reading challenge ideas for kids.

Summer Reading Challenge

mythical-maze-reading-challengeThe Reading Agency in the UK has chosen Mythical Maze created by illustrator Sarah McIntyre as the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge Theme.

Mythical Maze challenges children aged four to eleven to find their way around a labyrinth that introduces them to fantastical creatures from the world of legend and mythology, collecting stickers of each character along the way.

So head to your local library to enrol and check out this guide to the challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge website helps you keep track of your reading, find new books to read, take part in competitions and play games.

Reading Eggs

Reading Eggs LogoFull of educationally sound, fun and interactive activities, Reading Eggs is an award-winning online literacy programme for children aged 3-13 years old and focuses on the most fundamental skill needed in school: reading. Children from 3 to 7 years of age, or older children struggling with reading, will enjoy the huge variety of reading lessons, activities and games that make up the Reading Eggs programme.

Reading Eggspress continues the reading adventure by taking children to a brand new world designed for 7-13 year olds, focusing on comprehension and grammar. It provides a unique learning environment where students’ can improve their English language and comprehension skills in a way that is exciting and relevant.

Reading Eggs offers all new registrations a 2 week free trial to the programmes so parents can see for themselves how their children’s reading improves, register at – Anyone registering through this URL will receive a 3 week free trial to both Reading Eggs and Mathseeds, their numeracy programme for children aged 3-6 years old. This offer ends 14th August 2014.

Reading Rockets

Reading 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.

You can also download these activities as a colorful two-page PDF called Summertime Reading Adventures from the Reading Is Fundamental site.

Do-It-Yourself Summer Reading Camp

summer has a Do-It-Yourself Summer Reading Camp with everything you need to host 10 fun weeks of reading camp – a new theme each week!

Created in cooperation with PBS KIDS® with fun Summer Reading Resources with Printables and activities from to keep your kids reading all summer long.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

scholastic summer 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. Now in its eighth 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 for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is “Reading Under the Stars!” Kids will unlock constellations and learn fun facts about space as they reach reading milestones every week. This summer, Scholastic has joined together with EVEREADY®, the maker of batteries and flashlights, to power the Summer Reading Challenge and encourage families to create fun reading adventures outside.

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!

For younger kids there’s a Pottery Barn sponsored Summer Reading Challenge Book List too.

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

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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched in 2007.