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.
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:
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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