Friday, May 24, 2013

Create your own Summer Reading Program with these Free Printables!

Ahh, summer break!  It's only 9 days away at our house!  One of our favorite things to do during our summer is read.  There is nothing like spending hours and hours in a hammock, a favorite tree or by the pool reading a good book.  

Last year the kids had so much fun joining our local library's summer reading program.  So much so that they read the required amount of books way too quickly.  So, to add a little more incentive to their reading, I created our own summer reading program.  The goal is to keep track of the number of books and the amount of time that they spend reading.  Whenever they complete two hours of reading time, they get to pick a coupon.

The awards the kids will earn with our summer reading program are experiences - and there are many to be had.  Since our Valentine's Day coupons were such a hit with the kiddos, we repeated many of the same experiences for their reading awards.  You may dowlnoad the sheet and the coupons below.  Included are some blank templates so that you can add your own rewards.

By the way, I have also put together a list of 15 books for each grade {1-6}.  Of course,  kids vary greatly in their reading abilities.  Some kids in the first grade may have already read some of the 4th grade books, and vice versa.  Please feel free to recommend your favorite children's books in the comments.  We all love to discover new books!  : )

Grade 1  

Amelia Bedelia books
Frog and Toad
Dr. Seuss
A Fly Went By
Little Bear
The Bravest Dog Ever- The True Story of Balto
Five Little Monkeys...Jumping on the Bed
Curious George books
Clifford books
Buzz Said the Bee
Fat Cat Sat on the Mat
Mouse and Owl
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed...
Are You My Mother?
Froggy Goes to School

Grade 2

Frog and Toad
Mouse Tails
Hill of Fire
Nate the Great series
Owl at Home
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Danny and the Dinosaur
The Gruff Brothers
The Little Red Hen
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Christmas in the Big Woods
Fox and His Friends
Flat Stanley
Little Bear
Morris and Boris at the Circus

Grade 3

Cara Frear
Jake Drake: Bully Buster
The Littles
The Viking Adventure
Third Grade Detectives
Old Yeller
Little House on the Prairie- series
Judy Moody
A. Lincoln and Me
Comeback Kid
The Drinking Gourd
Box Car Children
American Girl History Mysteries

Grade 4

Encyclopedia Brown
Hardy Boys
Ginger Pye
Geronimo Stilton
Grandma’s Attic- series
Ralph S. Mouse
The Toothpaste Millionaire
The Whipping Boy
Farmer Boy
Nancy Drew
Hank the Cowdog
Bobbsey Twins
Big Nate

Grade 5

Left Behind Series
Marco Polo
Henry and Ribsy
Emily’s Runaway Imagination
Saddle Club books
Anne of Green Gables
Charlotte’s Web
The Babysitters Club
Red Rock Mysteris
Sugar Creek Gang
Sisters in Time - Lydia the Patriot and others
Mandie- series
Mr. Poppers Penguins
The Secret Garden

Grade 6
Amos Fortune, Free Man
A Wrinkle in Time
A Long Way from Chicago
Bound for Oregon
The Call of the Wild
Indian Captive- The Story of Mary Jemison
Maniac Magee
Out of the Dust
Trailblazers featuring Amy Carmichael
Golden Filly collection
Animal Rescue collection
Chronicles of Narnia
Pilgrims Progress

Happy Summer Reading!

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  1. Oh I love this!! A lot actually! I am just going to have to Pin it!! I am visiting from Show and Tell Saturdays! I would love for you to link this up at my party on Monday... Party In Polka Dots!


  2. Oooh With time flying this fast I'm going to be needing and doing this very soon! The design is super cute, love it! Pinning!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at Bewitch Me & Titi! Hope to have you back next Sunday with more awesome shares!

    Hope you are having a lovely Sunday

    Cami @ TitiCrafty by Camila

  3. This is a SUPER post, I've enjoyed it very much. I was thinking about some Summer reading with the grandkids. I hope you don’t mind that I’ve reposted it at my gallery, “The Blog Post Office”. It’s like a reverse show and tell link up. Please let me know if you are not happy with that, I can always remove it for you. But I’m really hoping you won‘t mind as all the posts will be a gallery of wonderful items.

    Thank you so much, Victoria Lavender

  4. This is awesome! Is there a way you can save it as a word document? pdf file won't let me edit.

    1. Tina- basically if you want to edit the blank templates you have to think of them as a picture. Drag the download into your Word processing file as you would a picture, then just create a word box and type over the top of them. That way you can add your own words.
      Trust that makes sense. Let me know if you still have trouble. :)