Super Fun 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 have super fun summer reading challenge ideas for kids.

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The Big Friendly Read

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The Reading Agency in the UK has chosen The Big Friendly Read as this year’s theme, linking up with the global year-long Roald Dahl 100 celebrations, honouring the world’s No.1 Storyteller.

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.

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.

Do-It-Yourself Summer Reading Camp

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

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

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 “Be a Reading Superhero” and it’s all about believing in kids and encouraging them to be the best independent readers they can be. To help motivate kids to keep reading throughout the 18 weeks of the summer (May 9 – September 9), they have invited 18 Scholastic authors to create their own personalized “How I Became a Reading Superhero” story to inspire kids to keep reading. Each week, kids can unlock a new story and discover fun facts about some of their favorite authors, enter sweepstakes, and win virtual prizes to reward them for their reading.

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.

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.

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.

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls