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Reading Challenge Charts

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Reading Challenge Charts

Each year our kids look forward to a summer reading challenge. We try to keep it fairly simple, but it is so much fun to put together some simple treats and surprises for the kids that they ‘earn’ as they reach different reading goals as they work through their reading challenge charts.

The older kids get ‘credit’ for reading to their siblings, and we modify rewards based on their ages and reading abilities. For example, older children can earn 3 points for a REALLY good {and thick} book, but our struggling reader can earn 2 points for a chapter book that is more than 60 pages. Our youngest gets 1 point for any book he reads out loud, or for books that are read to him.

Future Read Alouds

As we work on read-alouds together, we mark off spots on our chart – any reading counts. And those audiobooks – they count too and are a great ‘rest time’ activity on a hot afternoons!

Prizes and treats are fairly simple and we set short goals too {i.e. for every 15 books read, etc…}: a pack of gum, an ice cream cone, a trip to the Dollar Tree, or a special breakfast with mom or dad. We make the prizes fun and an incentive to read!

If the kids finish the charts quickly – well, there is always time to do another round! Because we can make the prizes as simple as we want to, it typically isn’t a huge deal to do the challenge multiple times.

The reading challenge chart printables have a page for each season {because we love reading and decided to run the challenges year round} and also a modified version for younger children so they aren’t as overwhelmed. There are free downloads for the spring, summer, fall and winter months.


Looking for More Free Printables?

Be sure to visit the main printable hub that links to all of the free printables shared here on this site. Click on the button below to find a listing from A to Z.

Printables from A to Z copy


Need Ideas for Summer Reading and Listening?

Here are a few of the paperback and audio books that our family has enjoyed immensely. What books do you recommend?

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  1. This was a timely post, just this morning I was thinking that I needed a chart for my newly reading 5 year old.

  2. Sarah Trout says

    Also – Barnes and Noble has a summer reading program as well as Pottery Barn Kids and our local library where my kiddos can earn books for reading! http://www.potterybarnkids.com/design-studio/articles/summer-reading-challenge.html


  3. Must start that for this summer very very soon!

  4. Thank you so much for this post. Your post and your scale was very helpful. I was trying to decide how to measure the books my students read for our reading challenge. The problem I had was that some students read longer books than others. I like how I can specify points for books of various lengths.

  5. Love these! My son just ran off to get started, thanks for sharing all of your hard work.

  6. Exactly what I was looking for! My kids love the summer reading program at our library and I wanted to start planning our own version for the fall. Thanks!

  7. Elizabeth Powers says

    I used these reading charts this summer for my son and came back to print one for fall and the link is not working. Please let me know how I can get this printable!

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