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.

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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:


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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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  1. What an AWESOME list!! I’m excited to get my kiddoes on it and they’ll be on it like white on rice!!! :D
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  2. Love this list! I’m a grandma … will be keeping my preschool grandsons this summer two mornings a week. I don’t know if we can read 100 books … but I love the idea of the 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.

  3. I’ve been visiting other posts on your website … WOW! Wish I had had this when my children were preschoolers! I’ll share your site with my sons and their wives … great resource for parents of young children :)
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  4. 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!

  5. It sounds like a fantastic substitute!
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  6. This is a great list. Much more unique than the usual list of books to read. Looks like fun. Pinned to our Artsy Play Wednesday group board.
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  7. This is such a great idea! I’m so going to do it with my daughter!! I’m so glad you shared it at Teach Me Tuesday at Preschool Powol Packets!
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  8. What a fun idea! Thanks so much for sharing your free printable! I featured your post as the Free Printable of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page (and on Pinterest).
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  9. Cool list – thanks for sharing it. Here’s a fun story about a little girl who read 875 books in one school year! The library had to order more books. LOL.
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  10. Fun idea! The kids would love mixing things up a bit with a list like this.
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  11. Great idea.. would love to try some of them :)
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  12. What a fun idea… love it! Can’t wait to try out your printable with my daughter. She will think it’s so cool…pinned!
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    • 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.

  13. This is an awesome idea! I would have loved a list like this when younger,,, I read all.the.time ! Thank you for sharing your list at the WEDNESDAYS ADORNED FROM ABOVE Blog Hop :-)
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  14. Love this, how fun!! I am definitely printing out the list and working on it with my Clubhouse Kid this Summer!! Pinning and sharing on our Facebook page as well. Thanks!!
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  15. 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!

  16. Great ideas to encourage reading all summer. I’ll try to do as many as these as possible reading *to* my two-year-olds. I’d love for you to share this at my Summer Bucket List Idea Share. Found you via I Can Teach My Child. Thanks for the great resource!
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  17. 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!

  18. Sucha cute way to encourage reading! Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!
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  19. Thank you so much for sharing on the After School Link Up, Congrats you had the most views this week! I’ve shared your post on our After School Pinterest Board!
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    • 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!

  20. Wow, good luck with the list. My son used to absolutely love books, maybe this list would spark his interest again…..
    Popping over from pin it Tuesday,
    I will pin and follow

  21. What a fab checklist! Thanks so much for linking it up to our Parenting Pin-it Party.
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  22. 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!

  23. I love this! What a cute idea! And a great way to keep her mind active all summer long!! Thanks for sharing. I don’t have kids but I might just take the challenge myself :)
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  24. What a fun way to read away the summer!!! I must find access to a printer and make some copies for my kids… I may even make one for myself :-)

  25. This is a great idea and the free printable is wonderfully helpful. I featured this in a round up of ways to motivate kids to read in the summer on Mom’s Library. Thanks for sharing.

  26. What a lovely idea! Am pinning for when my son gets a little older. Thanks so much for sharing with the pin it party. I am on pinterest :)
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  27. I love this list! We are featuring your post tomorrow on Share It Saturday! See you again there :)
    Colleen at Sugar Aunts
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  28. Wow, what a wonderful challenge!! My daughter is hoping to learn to read soon, so this summer we are working on prereading skills. Plus we always sign up for the library summer reading program. Thank you for sharing on Sharing Saturday!!
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