DIY Summer Reading Challenge

Let’s make this summer one for the books.

Download the printable pack

It’s got everything you need for every member of the family (including you).

Skim this page

I’ll walk you through the printable pack so you can customize your reading challenge. 

Browse the booklists

Make a summer reading list that you’re thrilled about.

Here's what's inside

Progress Maps

How to use it: Every time you finish a book, ❎ or ✅ the next square on the game board. Simple!

Use the short 5-space or the long 10-space board.

What if you finish early? No prob. Start over with a fresh board and see if you can reach the finish line before the end of summer

Bingo Grids

How to use it: Choose the small, medium, or large grid, and handwrite challenges in each square. (I’ve included a prefilled grid for those of you who want that!)

When you complete a challenge, ❎ that square. Try to get BINGO or blackout before the end of summer.

Can’t think of challenge ideas? Never fear! I’ve got two lists with over 60 ideas. 🙌 I’ve included a mix of read-a-book challenges as well as “bookish experiences” to cross off your summer bucket list.

Reading Trackers

How to use it: Keep track of the reading stats that matter to you! Here are a few examples of what you can track on this page.

  • Number of books you finish. This works great if you’re reading a slew of picture books to your toddlers.
  • Number of minutes read. Every day, jot down the number of minutes you read in a circle. Keep at it every day.
  • Number of days you read. Did you read today? If the answer is yes, then color the circle or mark it with a sticker or ✅. Keep at it every day.

It’s fun to watch those numbers accumulate! (I have a numbers-loving kid in my house who goes gaga for this.)

When you reach a certain milestone, break out some celebratory rewards!

Bonus Printables!

TBR: A page to keep track of the books you want to read at some point.

Reading Log: A page to list all the books you finish this summer.

Book Review Journal: Write book reviews brimming with your personal feelings and opinions.

Reading Rewards: No, these aren’t bribes. They’re mini-celebrations of all the great books your family has read! I’ve got a page filled with no- and low-cost reward ideas. (Summer reading shouldn’t lead to bankruptcy.)

Summer Reading Book Lists