The end of May is always a big time for Everyday Reading.
This year, I wanted to make summer reading even more fun for your families, so for the first time, I’m releasing a Summer Reading Chart.
I had the idea for a Summer Reading Chart printable last year when our library did away with physical summer reading charts and went all digital.
It was MUCH less fun for my children to keep track of their summer reading online, not to mention that it was always a hassle for me to log in and out of three separate accounts.
But I knew this wasn’t a project I could pull off on my own (my artistic abilities? Non-existent).
Then a few months ago, I met Becca of Hadley Designs at Alt Summit and she said, “I’d love to work together on a project” and I was all “I HAVE THE PERFECT PROJECT.” I probably scared her a little.
It’s been so fun to see my vague vision for a summer reading chart come together with her artistic eye – it’s better than anything I could have done on my own.
The Summer Reading Chart has bubbles for every day of 12 weeks of summer so you can mark off every day that you read during the summer. You can decide if that bubble represents a certain number of books per day or a certain amount of time, and you can have it for reading aloud together or a child reading independently.
You can mark out extra bubbles if your summer isn’t a full 12 weeks long, you can mark off weekends if you only want to track week days, and you can bubble out weeks you’ll be on vacation.
You can also print versions that have the bubbles divided into 2, 3, or 4 sections if you’d like to have multiple children use one chart (or you can print one for each child).
The Summer Reading Chart also has 20 reading challenges to make your summer reading a little more fun. You can go in any order you’d like and I’ll be sharing ideas for them all summer long.
Of course, all of Becca’s amazing drawings on the Summer Reading Chart are the perfect coloring project for kids, so hand over some pencils or markers or crayons and let them go to town.
And the best news is that the reading chart is completely free!
You can download the Summer Reading Chart printable right here and then you can print it out in whatever size you’d like (I did a 36×48 engineering print that cost me $7. All the instructions for how to print an engineering print here!).
The printable reading chart is completely customizable (you can change the colors, rearrange the icons, adjust the text, etc) and there’s a video showing you exactly how to do it.
And if you’d rather just print it at home, we’ve created a version custom made for 8.5×11 sheets so that the bubbles aren’t too tiny to use. Just print out the three sheet version of the Summer Reading Chart and you’re good to go.
I am SO thrilled with how it turned out and I can’t wait to see your families using it this summer. I hope it makes your summer reading the best it’s ever been!
Happy summer reading!
Photos by Heather Mildenstein