Summer Reading Challenge: Week 1. Go to the library!

The Summer Reading Challenge begins this week! For an introduction to the Summer Reading Challenge, take a look at this post. I have broken the Summer Reading Challenge into 10 simple steps that you can take to encourage your children to read. I hope that this will be fun and help keep you motivated all summer long.

Week 1. Talk with your children about the kinds of books they would like to read this summer. Go to the library!

Week 2. Get your children their own library cards.

Week 3. Create a reading nook.

Week 4. Check out a book for each child that you think they will really like.

Week 5. Assess how frequently your family makes it to the library. Decide whether to establish a library routine or not.

Week 6. Check out a children’s magazine at the library this week. Consider subscribing to a children’s magazine.

Week 7. Do something to make your trip to the library extra fun. E.g. Invite a friend to meet you at the library this week.

Week 8. Teach your children a new library skill this week.

Week 9. Write a book review with each child, if they are interested.

Week 10. Complete the End of Summer survey.

The main item on the agenda this week is to take our first trip to the library. When you head to the library, choose three books for each child that you think they will enjoy and let each child choose books that they want to read. For younger children, you may wish to pick out more books yourself. As children grow older and more familiar with which books they like and do not like, it is important to encourage them to choose books that they truly enjoy reading.

Before you head to the library this week, print out a Summer Reading Challenge log for each child. This log is very simple; it does not require you to time your reading sessions or record which books you read. Instead, it has a space to record your child’s interests and to write down three books that you plan to check out for your child each week.

If your children are five or older, you can also print out a fun and free printable book to help get them excited about reading this summer. Your children can decorate the book and fill it with information about their favorite books and authors, subjects they would like to read about, their very own book reviews and more.

This week, take a little time to talk with each child about the kinds of books they like and want to read this summer. The first page of the fun and free printable book has a Beginning of Summer Survey that you can complete with your children, or, if you would rather not print out this book, you can simply ask them a few questions…

  • What are your interests?
  • What are your favorite books?
  • What subjects would you like to read about this summer?

There is space to jot a few notes about your children’s interests at the top of the reading log.

There you have it…

  • Take a trip to the library!
  • When you head to the library, choose 3 books for each child and let your children choose books that they want to read.
  • Print out a Summer Reading Challenge log for each child.
  • Print out a fun and free printable book for each child. (optional)
  • Talk with your children about the kinds of books they like and want to read this summer.

Lastly, you are invited to join the Summer Reading Challenge Goodreads group. This Goodreads group is place for parents of young children (ages 0-10) to exchange book recommendations and discuss ways to encourage their children to read. We will also be working together to complete the Summer Reading Challenge.

Attn. Bloggers: Grab a Summer Reading Challenge button to post on your blog, and join in!

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8 Responses to Summer Reading Challenge: Week 1. Go to the library!

  1. Amy Rhodes says:

    This is a wonderful idea I know you are a few weeks in but I am joining in late sorry. My daughter is two and a half just recently I have started to get from the library non-fiction books these have gone really well and very often she will ask for a book on animals when we go to the library I wish I had started to get non-fiction sooner. Any ideas on how you can review a book with a child that is so young? Maybe using images?

    • Amy says:

      It’s great to have you join in, and it’s not too late at all! I’m not going to try to attempt writing a book review with my 2-year-old. However, I think it’s great to encourage kids as young as 5 (perhaps a little younger depending on the kid) to express their views on books. When my son was 5, I started helping him write book reviews by asking him two questions — tell me a little about the book & what did you think of the book — and typing up his answers for him. It was a great opportunity for us to discuss the books he read.

  2. Love this idea! We are doing it, we already have a lot of them done but that’s okay. Thanks for the challenge!

  3. PragmaticMom says:

    We finish school this week so we will make a weekly stop to the library next week during our week of Camp Mom. Thanks for the reminder. I LOVED those weekly library trips as a kid!

    Ideas for Setting Up Camp Mom: http://www.pragmaticmom.com/2012/06/ideas-setting-camp-mom/

  4. We are on our way to the library today!

  5. Francine says:

    This is a lovely, no-pressure approach that respects the child and his or her interests. Love it!

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