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 Summer Reading Activity Calendar

Summer is a time for adventure, and trips to the library or reading books on an assigned summer list might not be every child’s idea of fun.  As a parent you know how important it is to keep their skills fresh over the summer, so what do you do?  Words can be found everywhere you go.  We have created an eight week summer reading calendar full of ideas to help create literacy experiences wherever you may be.


Create a wish list of things to do this summer.

Visit your local zoo and have you child be the guide. They can read direction signs as well as exhibit descriptions on the animals

Research the spot you will be visiting this summer on vacation or pretend you are going to a city or state and find out all of the things you can do when you get there.

Make your child  the keeper of the family calendar for the summer.  They can add necessary appointments and check it each morning to let everyone know what their obligations are for the day.


Select a movie to see and have your child look up some reviews on the internet and read it to everyone to help make a selection.

Have them keep a journal about their weekly experiences and let them read it at the dinner table on Friday.

Swap books with a friend. Keep sharing books throughout the summer. 

Select books that appeal to your child's interest.  For example, if they love kites,  select a book on how to make your own kite, do the activity and then take it to the beach or park and fly it.  Do they enjoy cooking? Select a book with cooking recipes or edible art and make the food on a rainy day.



Which constellations can you see on a clear summer night?  Look at the sky using a star guide to help you find the constellations.

Cut out words from a newspaper. Paste them on paper and make a card or letter for a friend

Pick a type of book, for example biography, and have everyone in the family go to the library and select a book. At the dinner table share a few interesting facts about what you have read.

Go out for a meal and let you child order the food for each family member.  Menus at a restaurants are filled with words to practice.

4 Try to plan some family outings around book related topics.  For example, have your child read the biography of Ben Franklin and then take them to Philadelphia, Pa to visit his print shop and museum.

Search for an out–of-town license plate and call out the letters on it.  Everyone takes a turn coming up with a different phrase using the letters in order as they appear on the license plate. For example if the letters were WIG the phrase could be “Watermelon is good”.  When you can't think of any more phrases then find another license plate and start again.

Write a letter to a friend or family member that is out of town.


5 Read a sports magazine, such as Sports Illustrated for Kids, the stories may be short enough and appealing enough to keep their interest. As a reward go to a baseball game and have them keep score.  A minor league or high school game will be fun and more cost effective.

Read about a new sport like tennis or skateboarding and take a lesson.

List all the ice cream flavors you can think of and then put them in A-B-C order.  Then go out for an ice cream cone.

Read Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham and then put on your chef's hats and actually make green eggs and ham. 


6 Have a joke or song party.  Everyone brings their favorite joke or song and then reads the joke or sings the song.  Give prizes for the best performance, best joke etc..

Make your own board game. Include game pieces, cards, and a spinner or dice.  Teach your family how to play it.

Malls  are filled with things to read such as store names, price tags, and a store directories so do a mall scavenger hunt.

Check out Barnes and Noble Reading Program -- This is a program for elementary aged children.  Once your child reads a specified number of books they return the completed log sheet and they pick out a free book.

Listen to audio books in the car and have your child follow along in their book.

7 Kids love to do plays so why not have a play-reading party.  Look for a short, easy to read play.  A great site to check is  Make copies for everyone, select parts and let the fun begin.  You may even want to video tape it and show it when parents arrive to pick up the kids.

Play charades with your family. Take turns acting out book titles.

Christmas in July -- Go to the library select a holiday book.  Create a seasonal snack and then read the book and have your snack. 


Collect shells at the beach or rocks along a trail. Use a nature guide to identify them

Use Road signs and billboards to play word or letter hunt games.

Visit a museum or historical site in your area and read the exhibit descriptions together.

Have a teddy bear picnic.  Invite a few friends to come and bring their favorite teddy bear. Create your favorite "bear" munchies.  Read a few popular bear stories like the Berenstain Bears or Corduroy books.