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!)
- Kindergarten – 50 Books for Kindergartners to Read by Themselves
- Kindergarten – 45 Must Read Books for Kindergartners (Read Aloud)
- 1st Grade – 100 Books for 1st Graders to Read Themselves
- 1st Grade – Favorite 1st Grade Read Aloud Picture Books
- 1st Grade – 17+ 1st Grade Read Aloud Chapter Books you won’t want to miss!
- 2nd Grade – Best 2nd Grade Reading List
- 2nd Grade – 2nd Grade Read Aloud Chapter Books
- 3rd Grade – 3rd Grade Reading List
- 4th Grade – Best 4th Grade Books List
- 5th Grade – 5th Grade Reading List
- Historical Fiction – Over 100 books for Kids Arranged by Date
- Top 25 Chapter Book Series for 1st-3rd Graders
Bookshelf Reading Log
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Monthly Reading Logs
- Super Hero Reading Logs
- Cars Printable Reading Log
- Princess Reading Logs
- Frozen free Reading Logs
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