Free Summer Reading Printable Packet for Kids Ages 6 – 13

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Download this free summer reading activity packet for your kids, ages 6 to 13 to help you support your children with intentional, daily reading and reflecting over the summer.

Summer Reading Activity Packet for Kids Ages 6 – 13

Free Summer Reading Printable Packet for Kids Ages 6 - 13

What’s in the Free Reading Activity Packet?

Goal Setting Page

Before you start, sit down with your children to set some goals and intentions. Start with how many books they want to read in total. Then move on to how many minutes they want to read every day.

It’s also important that kids plan for success — what do they need?

Do your kids already know books that they want to read? List those here.

Talk about where to find more book ideas.

SUMMER reading goals

Books I’ve Read List (with Stars for Rating)

Use this page to list the books your kids read. Add a rating so you can remember how much they liked the book.

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Genre Graph

genre graph (Free Summer Reading Printable Packet for Kids Ages 6 - 13)

It’s helpful to notice what genre you prefer to read in order to consider reading more in other genres. And, this adds a little math to your summer reading.

Calendar Pages

In these calendar pages, you’ll have to add in the dates yourself as well as the minutes logged.

Free Summer Reading Printable Packet for Kids Ages 6 - 13

Word Collection Page

Read with a mindset to find new words. Write those on this page in fancy lettering.

Book Art Pages

Extend your thinking about the books you read with doodles and illustrations.

How to Use the Summer Reading Packet

PRINT OUT this summer reading packet. (Reminder: you can always print favorite pages more than once.)

Free Summer Reading Printable Packet for Kids Ages 6 - 13

Keep the printable as a simple packet by just stapling the pages. Or, glue the pages into a spiral notebook. Or, hole punch and put into a folder with fasteners.

Use the pages in any order that makes sense to you and your children.

HELP YOUR CHILD SET GOALS. Before your kids get started on summer reading, have them think of their own goals. How many books do they want to read? What books do they want to read? Where can they get ideas for other book titles?

Consider your library’s summer reading program. Here’s a list of summer reading programs — I particularly like ones that give books for rewards.

PROVIDE BOOKS. Use my book lists and buy a few books to get your kids get started. Let your kids pick the order of when they read which book. Then, help them find more books at the library or bookstore as needed using Imagination Soup lists, Goodreads, Amazon, friends, or teachers.

If your kids don’t already have a library card, this would be a great time to get them one! And, of course, make regular visits to the library to browse.



Picture Book List for Pre-Readers

1st Grade Reading List (age 6 – 7)

2nd Grade Reading List (age 7 – 8)

3rd Grade Reading List (age 8 – 9)

4th Grade Reading List (age 9 – 10)

5th Grade Reading List (age 10 – 11)

6th Grade Reading List (age 11 – 12)

7th Grade Reading List (age 12 – 13)

8th Grade Reading List (age 13 and up / teen)

Summer Reading Activities for Kids Free Printable

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12 Responses

  1. Ashley M Mitchell says:

    I can’t figure out where to download the packet. Can you email it to me?

  2. I cannot get it to email so I can print the packet. Can you send me a copy?

  3. It keeps giving me an error when I try to enter my email for the summer reading guide.

  4. Kathleen OBarski says:

    we loved using the summer reading guide! we especially liked the the genre graph. Do you have one for the school year? I have looked and haven’t found one similar. Thanks!

  5. I love your emails, web page and appreciate your tremendous effort. I recommended to others, especially grandparents, who are usually avid readers and encouragers of shared reading experiences. My grandson, whom I’m raising is Autistic and has become a very reluctant reader in his tweens. Having a wide variety of recommended books makes it easier to find books he will read and enjoy. Thank you.
    Could you please make a Southern Hemisphere alternative, eg Winter Reading for the months of June, July, August, etc?

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