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(Last updated July 3, 2017)

For more free print-ready activity sheets, see Debbie's Free Print-Ready Archives. More reading-focused activities and ideas at For The Love Of Reading. And readers of all ages can participate in Donalyn Miller's annual Summer Reading Challenge!


Simon & Schuster #WhatBeachWhatBook Summer Reading Campaign (adult/YA focus)

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

TD Summer Reading Club- Canada's public libraries

Barnes & Nobles announces Summer Reading Campaign For Everyone

Books-A-Million to host the James Dashner Summer Reading Challenge through Sept. 4

8th Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest For Students

Book Love Foundation Summer Book Club (Nerdy Book Club post) 


Click on any of the worksheets below for the full print-ready PDF; feel free to share online or print as many copies as you'd like, but please keep my copyright info intact. Suggestions: Post these up in school hallways or the library, pass them around in the class, post filled-out recommendations on a shared school webpage for students to see during the summer, use as a way of keeping track of books read during the summer. Thanks to Donalyn Miller for the inspiration!



- Do summer reading yourself. "Best way to get kids to invest their time in reading is to be willing to invest time in it ourselves." - Laura Miller. Consider participating in Donalyn Miller's annual Summer #BookADay reading event! If you're interested in learning more about the history and thinking behind the annual challenge, here's last year's kickoff post.

- Give your kids CHOICE about what to read. Here's whyHere are some other great tips from Jen Robinson about how to encourage summer reading.

- Teachers and librarians: Launch a summer reading initiative at your school. Provide opportunities for students to recommend books, such as on the walls in the hallways, in the library, book commercials in announcements, school newsletters, student-created lists and podcasts. For more ideas, see Donalyn Miller's excellent Reading In The Wild


- Contact your local library to see what summer reading activities are being offered.

- Listen to audio books when on a car trip.

- Create your own summer book club. Here are some useful resources about starting your own children's book club. As Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan point out in this Nerdy Book Club post, summer book club meetings can be in the form of blog posts, virtual chats or in-person meetings.

 - Start a summer reading challenge. Reading Rewards has a post about how to run a great summer reading program. One educator set up an online site for her students where they could share book reviews and keep track of what everyone was reading over the summer. And don't forget about Donalyn Miller's annual #BookADay Summer Reading Challenge!

- Find a book that has been made into a movie. Read the book as a family or individually, then have a movie night.

- If you're doing traveling, find books (nonfiction or fiction) related to the the place you're going to be visiting or your other summer activities.

- Take part in a StoryMob, a flash mob focused on a children's book. More info on the StoryMobs website.



The Book Whisperer and Reading In The Wild - by Donalyn Miller.

Top 10 Ideas To Promote Summer Reading: By Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan, with tips on how teachers and librarians can support students for making a summer reading plan.

Guys Read: Web-based literacy program for boys founded by Jon Scieszka.

TD Summer Reading Club: public library program for young readers across Canada.

Summer Reading, from Reading Rockets. Includes tips for parents, teachers, librarians, articles and research on summer reading.

Summer Reading Challenge, with UK focus.

Summer Reading Club: Australian focus.

Parent Tips: Summer Reading, by Colorin Colorado

Pinterest boards: Michelle Nero, Dustie Robeson and other Pinterest bords related to summer reading.

Summer Reading Tips From Librarians, from site

Encouraging Summer Reading: Summer Reading Resources For Kids and Teens - by Elizabeth Kennedy on Children's Books

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

B&N Summer Reading

Summer Recommendation/Review BOOKMARKS:




See for posters, bookmarks, activities sheets etc. year-round.