40 Ways to Spice Up Summer Reading for Kids

By: Alyssa Mendez
Reading can sound like a laborious task for some students, but it doesn’t have to be! Calvary Christian Academy’s Summer Reading Challenge for Lower School families was designed to help parents and students realize that preventing the “summer slide” can take many different, fun forms. Check out these 40 simple ideas to implement in your household!

Reading can sound like a laborious, academic task for some students, especially over the summer when school is not on the forefront of their minds. But this doesn’t have to be the case!

Whether we realize it or not, words are all around us, and we’re constantly interacting with them. Summer reading can involve so much more than remaining focused on a chapter book for hours.

Calvary Christian Academy’s Lower School Summer Reading Challenge was designed to help parents and students realize that keeping the mind engaged during the summer months can take many different, fun forms while also preventing the summer slide — “the loss of academic skills that occurs when school is not in session and which is attributed largely to the lack of reading” (Scholastic, 2019).
Summer reading can involve so much more than remaining focused on a chapter book for hours.
We hope the following 40 ideas help foster a deeper love for literacy in your home and prepare your child(ren) for a successful school year ahead:

  Read an e-book
  Read a recipe
  Read a poetry book
  Read a “how-to” book
  Read a biography
  Read a joke book
  Read a chapter book
  Read a menu
  Read closed captions on TV
  Read a magazine
  Read a funny book
  Read a book about animals
  Read your favorite book
  Read a book you “think” may be too hard
  Read a nonfiction book
  Read a fairy tale book
  Read a book that rhymes
  Read a book about sports
  Read for 30 minutes
  Read in the grass
  Read a book with a one word title
  Read a book about a place far away
  Read with a flashlight
  Read to a parent
  Read outside
  Read to a stuffed animal
  Whisper read a book
  Read in bed
  Read in the car
  Read in your pajamas
  Read in a hat
  Read past your bedtime
  Get up early to read
  Read in your closet
  Read a book in a silly voice
  Read to your family during a meal
  Read a book to a friend
  Read a book to someone younger than you
  Read inside a blanket fort
  Read to a Grandparent

Click here to download a printable PDF of this summer reading challenge!

P.S. Did you know that businesses like Barnes & Noble, Pizza Hut, TD Bank, and Chuck E. Cheese reward students with freebies for participating in summer reading? 🙌
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