Summer Reading Challenge: Can you read 100 books? (with printable checklist)

When we were kids, our mom had a summer reading challenge for us each year: read 100 books.  They could be whatever kind of book we wanted –  picture books, comic books, chapter books – you name it.  We kept a running list.  I pulled out my favorites (Little Women was a favorite summer read) and was sure to find the newest chapter book in my favorite series (confession: I read every Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High book).

My daughter is just finishing kindergarten and loves to read more than anything else (although choosing something from the dessert table is a close second).  I thought it would be fun to give her the same challenge -but with a twist.

To count toward her 100 book count, each reading has to fit an item on a checklist.

summer reading challenge - read 100 books this summer (with checklist) - the measured mom

My daughter will be challenged to read all over the house, in many locations outdoors, when we are doing errands or on vacation, and to many different people.  Here is the checklist:


summer challenge 1


100 books snip2


So – what do you think? Is it too much?  It feels a bit overwhelming to me, so we’re going to take it in chunks.  After each set of 25 check marks, we’ll take a trip to the local used book store and let her choose one book (after plenty of time to read, of course).  After she reads 100 books, she’ll get a pack of M & M’s.

That might not sound like much to you, but remember what I said about the dessert table? I don’t buy candy for my kids except for holidays. So this will be a BIG deal.

So what summer reading challenge do you have in store for your kids?

If you want to try ours, get the printable checklist here: Summer Reading Challenge – Read 100 books (checklist)




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    • annageig says

      Yes, I realize that’s a bit ambitious :) So we’re going to start the day school lets out! I think this will get us into the habit of always having a few books with us… so we can fit the readings in wherever we can.

  1. Cyndi says

    I love your check list of all the places you can read a book…. even places I’ve never thought of before! :-) We usually participate in our local library’s summer reading program. Have fun reading this summer!

    • annageig says

      There are some great summer reading programs out there — unfortunately, our library’s isn’t one of them – so I hope this makes a great substitute!

    • annageig says

      I hope she loves it, Tara! I need to print it out and start it with my daughter today – it’s her first day of summer break.

  2. says

    Oh my…I totally snuck and read every Sweet Valley High book as well. My parents didn’t want me reading them, but I found a way. Anyway, I love the idea of reading in all those different places. I think that would make a fun game for the summer. Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.
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    • annageig says

      Yeah… my parents actually knew I was reading those books, they just didn’t know what was in them! It’s pretty tough to be on top of our kids’ reading as they get older… not sure how I’ll manage that!

  3. says

    This is a great idea! Not sure about the library in your area, but here in my area they have a summer reading program and you pick up the free sheet and when they read 15 minutes you color in one spot…when they reach a milestone you can take the sheet back to the library and they give you a prize! It’s Free!
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    • annageig says

      Hi Kaila! We have a library reading program too, but it’s notorious for being not very good. The prizes are either choking hazards or something that my kids are young enough to get into free anyway (meaning it’s really for older kids). I’ve heard of some pretty phenomenal programs at other libraries, though!

    • annageig says

      Well, that’s exciting! Thanks so much for the pin — getting pinned by you ladies is like getting gold. 1,000,000+ followers – wow! You should write a book!

  4. says

    What a great idea!! I am trying so hard to get my daughter to read more and I just LOVE this idea. I am going to feature this on We Made That Wednesday tomorrow! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  5. Veronika says

    Hello, this list is great. I’m going to start this challange with my pupils, they are around 10 years old and I’m trying to get them reading. I changed it little bit and translate it into my language. They won’t definetly read 100 book, but we decided that they will read at least two pages on each spot, so they can make a tick. They were really excited, when they heard about this challange :) And I’m excited too, I ‘m curious about how much they can accomplish.
    Thanks :)

    • Anna Geiger says

      I’m so glad you’re using this idea to give your students a reading challenge, Veronika! Thanks so much for sharing. :)


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