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Bookshelf Reading Log

Get kids excited about reading as they track how many books they’ve read, or how many hours they’ve read this this super creative, free printable bookshelf reading log for kids of all ages!
FREE Bookshelf Reading Log - super cute printable booklog to help encourage kids to read picture books, readers, and chapter books. Use as a weekly motivator for toddlers, preschoolers, prek, and kindergartners or monthly summer reading program. Plus makes a great family book club printable.

Now that we are oficially observing social distancing (althought a shelter in place order has not come for our are yet) we have the gift of time!  Sure we spend lots of time outside playing in our backyard, and as homeschooler we just keep trucking throughour curriculum. But all the fun extra curricular activites, the playdates and fieldtrips, ballet, piano, and even going shopping are all on indefinet pause. There is literally nothing to go out and do.

Now that’s not necessarily a bad thing. After our family detoxed  from strolling around Target, meeting with friends at a park, the oppotunity to go bowling / movies, the thursday evening musical theatre class…. we are actually enjoying the gift of time! We have time to play more board games, watch a family movie, sit on the deck and listen to the birds chirp, and one of my favorite – cuddle up on the couch and read a good book!

Reading is SO IMPORTANT for kids of all ages. Not only will they learn grammar (in context), new vocabulary, be exposed to new ways of thinking and experiences, travel the world in away they literally can’t right now, but they can also learn history, about famous scientists, and more! So don’t wait for summer reading programs to start  – now is the time to start your own family reading program!

Children Books to Read

First of all, whether you stocked up on books at your local library before the social isolation started, have a robust home library, or not. You can still order books and have them conveninetly shipped to your house from Amazon. And Audible (books for kids to listen to) is free for as long as schools are closed! Wondering what should I read – we’ve got tons of great book recommendations for you! Click on the list you want to read and then you can conveninetly order from Amazon or print a book list to take to the library (when libraries open up again!)

Children books to read with free printable bookshelf reading log

Bookshelf Reading Log

Whether you are a parent, teacher, homeschooler, or librarian – you are going to love these clever and easy to use bookshelf printable for helping children keep track of the books they’ve read.  Simply scroll to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and enter your email address in the box. If you are a current subscriber it will confirm you are on the list and immediately take you the the pdf file to print and download. If you are a new reader, welcome! After you enter your email address it will allow you to download the freebie immediately AND add you to our free weekly newsletter filled with other free printable worksheets, games, and educational activities for kids of all ages from toddlers, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade, and more!

Reading Log Printable

We have two different styles of this free printable reading log. You can either print a black and white sheet with books on a bookshelf for each child or print several pages of book spines with bookshelf. Either way, the printable book log is in blackline to save on printing costs.

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Blank Bookshelf Printable

This reading log for kids is super simple and requires no prep. Students will put their name at the top of their worksheet. They can hang them on a wall, the fridge, their room on a bulletin board, or keep it a their desk at school. Depending on their age have sttudents color a book on their books shelf for every:

  • Picture books for toddlers, preschoolers, and prek as a weekly motivator for families
  • Early Readers for kindergarnters as a weekly book log for students
  • Chapter books read during reading competition (recommended for 2nd grade and up)
  • every hour of reading (works for kids of all ages reading any length/style of books)

Hint: Audio books count too!

home reading log to record weekly books read with toddlers, preschoolers, prek, and kindergarten or summer reading of chapter books by elementary age students

Bookshelf Printable

This is a great resource to send home with elementary age kids to encourage reading all summer long! This tool can be used by families to record chapter books read. Optional: You can have them record titles on the back of the page or attach to a book report of one of their favorite books. It is so important for kids to keep reading all summer long.

Not only is it FUN to read, but it will help create life long learners, but it is also essential to helping kids avoid the summer slide.

free printable reading log

This version of our book logs is intended to hang on the wall for kids to visually see how many books they’ve read. Print off several sheets of the printable and cut out the books and shelf (or have kids cut them out).  Each person participating in the reading competition will need a bookshelf with their name on it to put on the wall.

free Reading Log Template for family reading programs and classroom reading competitions

Reading Log Template

As students / parents read books you will write the title and author of the book they read, color the book with crayons / colored pencils / gel pens and affix it to the wall with tape, glue tac, etc.

HINT: Have each book count as one book works well if your participants are all about the same age. If you are competing within your family and you read 3 picture books with younger kids per setting, 1 reader with pre k children, and it takes older students several days to read a chapter book this method has to be altered. In that case, depending on how avid of readers your family is, you may want each book to stand for 30 minutes of reading or 1 hour of reading. Then everyone has an equal opportunity to grow the books on their book shelf.

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Printable Reading Logs

Looking for more free reading logs? We have tons of other super cute options so you can get just the right reading log for your student.

FREE Printable Reading Logs - 2 different styles of bookcase style booklog to track books read in reading program or competition with pre k, kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, grade 6, grade 7, and grade 6 for summer reading.

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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