It’s summer!! And summer means that it’s time for the Traveling Through the Pages Summer Reading Adventure. We are so excited to bring you this fun summer reading program of books, ideas, and helpful tips to encourage kids to read all summer long.

Summer Reading Program 2017

This is our fourth year doing the summer reading program. This year we bring you a refreshed and revamped versions of the first Summer Reading Adventure. We also created a set of Morning Time plansSummer Adventure Morning Time Plans to go with this program — doing the plans along with the program will check off squares in the reading program through read-alouds for your kids if they are young, or encourage older readers to learn more about the topics you are studying in Morning Time.

Morning Time is the perfect summer learning activity. School and homeschool families can come together for about 30-45 minutes a day and learn about math, art, music, nature study and more in an enjoyable way. And the plans do all the hard work for you.

What the FREE summer reading pack includes

The TTTP Reading Passport: This is the heart of the program. There is a back and front available if you want to print both and make a booklet, but you can also just print one side and hang it on the fridge. It is based on a  “BINGO” concept.  Have your kids complete the squares and mark them with a sticker, date stamp, or a big ol’ X made with a crayon. When they complete a row, they win a prize. Have them complete multiple rows or go for a total blackout (what a wonderful summer of reading that would be!).

Reading Rewards Tickets: Write in which prizes are right for your family. When your child completes a row on his passport, he gets to pick a prize!

Reading Log: Are you tracking books read this summer for school or other reading programs? Maybe you just want a record to save. This is the form for you! You can also offer a prize for the number of pages read, so record those here as well. There are two versions of the reading log. One has space for your child to write a one-sentence summary of the book. The other just records the books read. Print the one you like best.

Reading Bucket List: How many reading locations can you check off this summer?

Bookmarks: Print on cardstock and laminate if desired. Fun!

Certificate: Something fun to present when the program is done.

Coloring Pages: Fun!

Summer reading prize ideas

Need a few prize ideas for your reading reward tickets? Try some of these:

  • Ice Cream
  • Movie ticket
  • Finger nail painting “party”
  • Mom makes treat of choice
  • Mom makes meal of choice
  • Buy a book of their choice
  • Trip to favorite restaurant
  • Bowling
  • Special date with Mom or Dad
  • Dollar store funds
  • Make a treasure chest of small items
  • Picnic at the park — dessert of their choice
  • Backyard campout and s’mores
  • Trip to nature center, zoo, or other local “free” place kids love to go
  • Extra computer time
  • Art or craft kit from craft store
  • Stay up late pass
  • Free day from chores

More great reading ideas

We have a ton of great summer reading program posts and even a podcast to give you ideas for books and ways to encourage your kids to read.

And be sure to follow our summer reading board on Pinterest for book and prize ideas and helpful tips.

Follow the Summer Reading board on Pinterest.

We are excited about the fun things we have to share this summer. And Happy Reading!

Click here to download your FREE summer reading program printable pack.

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Pam Barnhill

Pam is the author of The Your Morning Basket Guide and Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning for Purpose and Peace. She also is the host of three popular  podcasts -- The Homeschool Snapshots Podcast, Your Morning Basket, and The Homeschool Solutions Show. She lives in the Deep South with her husband and three kids, where she is the go-to lady for great curriculum recommendations or a just a pep talk on a rough day.
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