Summer will be here before we know it! Summer reading activities are important for keeping newly acquired skills fresh and getting a jump start on the new school year.
Try these awesome summer reading ideas and activities that will keep the kids engaged this summer. Best of all, they are all fun! Pick one that looks like a good fit or you can combine a few of them to create a learning-packed season.
The ideas are great for summer classes or to recommend to families.
All of the resources are free unless noted.
Summer Reading Ideas for Kids and Families
Let’s start with reading projects, camps, and series to keep the kids busy learning and growing.
1.BOOK BASED SUMMER READING ACTIVITY CALENDARS
Recommended Ages: Toddler, Preschool/Pre-K, and Kindergarten Versions
Enjoy minimal prep and low-stress activities with your little ones this summer. Each week there is a new summer theme to enjoy. Three to five books are featured on the topic and five different activities to do together.
Everything is provided in a monthly calendar format. The printable resources included are just $2. Click here for all the details: BOOK BASED SUMMER READING ACTIVITY CALENDARS
2. BOOK DIVES
Recommended Ages: 3-5
Book Dives are a fun way to go deep inside a book. Activities include before, during, and after discussion questions to build vocabulary and build comprehension, hands-on literacy experiences, art/sensory activities, and more. Some fun summer titles include Hey, Water!, Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao, and Rainbow Stew. Each Book Dive is only $5. Click here to see the Book Dives.
3. LIBRARY ADVENTURE CHALLENGES
Recommended Ages: All
This one is low-stress and EASY! Nine super fun challenges for finding new books at the library. You can do the challenges in any order and as often as you want over the summer. Just click here to see the Summer Library Adventure Challenges!
4. THE GREAT LIBRARY SUMMER CHALLENGE
Recommended Ages: 3 and up
If you want to kick it up a notch and complete even more library challenges, you will want to check out a joint project created by What Do We Do All Day? and No Twiddle Twaddle.
You will find fiction, non-fiction, and resource challenges. I love that they have two levels of challenges for each idea. You will find one that is easier and one that is advanced. Start your Great Library Summer Challenge on a week of your choosing.
5. ABC SUMMER BUCKET LIST
Recommended Ages: 2-8
Let the alphabet inspire your summer days. Each day there is an activity and book to enjoy together as a family. A is for making art outside and read I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! Check out all 26 ABC Summer Fun activities and books.
6. FAMILY DINNER BOOK CLUB
Recommended Ages: 4-8 and their family members
Hold a Family Dinner Book Club each month during the summer. A new book is announced on Growing Book by Book on the 1st of each month. You enjoy reading the book with your family. Then try the themed menu and conversation starters to kick off your dinner club! If you don’t like the book being featured each month, you can always choose a past title from the archives. There are over 80 book choices!
7. START WITH A BOOK: READ.EXPLORE.LEARN!
Recommended Ages: 3 and up
Reading Rockets has some great summer resources with 24 themes to choose from this year. Pick a themed book or books to read from the list. Then, enjoy choosing great activities including writing activities, hands-on activities, website resources, and app recommendations. The themes to choose from include The Night Sky, Art and Artists, Our Government, Detectives and Explorers, and more!
8. VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB FOR KIDS
Recommended Ages 2-8
Some very talented bloggers have designed fun activities based on books. You get resources full of ideas for different age ranges. There are 3 weeks of activities you can work at your own pace. You can get the Summer Virtual Book Club for Kids for $24.99.
9. JUMP IN! TO SUMMER LEARNING
Recommended Ages: 2-7
Royal Baloo and 3 Dinosaurs created theme printable activity packs to keep the learning moving all summer long. The Jump In! to Summer Learning themes are Space, Ocean, Beach, Dinosaur, and Pioneer. The materials are multi-leveled and work well for various ages. There are literacy sheets and number work ready to download. You can also access summer resources from previous years too.
10. SUMMER SCIENCE SERIES
Recommended Ages: 4 and up
Summer Science Series is a joint project between KC Edventures and Inspiration Laboratories. You will find hands-on science ideas that have literacy tie-ins including book lists. Topics include Biology, Physics, Ecology, Geology, Astronomy, and Chemistry.
11. READ IN 100 PLACES or READING CHALLENGE
Recommended Ages: all ages
Instead of reading a certain number of books or a certain number of minutes, try to see how many different PLACES you can read this summer. The Measured Mom has a fun 100 Places Challenge in English and Spanish.
12. READING SCAVENGER HUNT
Recommended Ages: All
Encourage reading a variety of books in fun places with Modern Parents Messy Kids’ Reading Scavenger Hunt. Just print the map and you are ready to start off on a reading adventure.
13-17 Book Logs and Lists
Would you like to track how much the kids read this summer? Try one of these reading log sheets.