Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Everything you need to encourage summer reading

Don't need a reading log? Scroll down for a list of 50 fun children's books to read this summer.

One of the most popular free printables I've shared here at Simple as That has been my Summer and Back to School reading logs.  They've been downloaded by thousands of teachers and parents and I've so appreciated all the kind comments and feedback I've received about them. I created these for my kids last summer and to see others enjoying them as much as they did, makes me smile. :)

[download summer reading log here]

I have a handful of coordinating components to the actual Reading Log kit and thought it would be a great idea to gather everything together for you to download in one neat little post. 

Below you'll find everything you need to encourage your child to read this summer: printable reading log pages, book marks, book worm treat bag toppers + a list children's books that our family loves or that are on our list to read this summer!

The pages included in the reading log:

1.Cover page. 2. Back cover. 3. List the number of minutes read and book titles read.
 4. Draw a picture from your favorite book.  5. Choose a favorite book & write about
why you loved it so much. 

Find all the download links here:

Take a peek at how some creative readers have used my reading themed printables:

What are some books you plan to read with your kids this summer? Do you have a list of go-to favourites or do you have some new ones in mind? Here's a list of some of our favs and some new ones that have come recommended that we hope to read throughout the summer months. Are there any you think we should add to the list?

50 fun children's books to read this summer:

3. Orange Pear Apple Bear
8. Little House on the Prairie Books
9. The Monster at the End of this Book
10. Dino-Baseball
11. The Big Bug Search
12. If You Give a Dog a Donut
13. The Sandwich Swap
36. Spoon
37. Gallop!
43. Stuck

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Rebecca Cooper

Rebecca is a mom of four. She enjoys crafting with her kiddos, taking photos, and afternoon naps. Rebecca is a professional photographer and author. Connect with Rebecca on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. Sign up via email for the latest updates from Simple As That.


  1. What a fantastic post; love the printables! I definitely have to check out your book links! My little one loves to read with her mama!

  2. I've been reading your blog for quite a while (I really love it), but I don't think I've ever left a comment. Thank you for sharing this. I will definitely be downloading these and using them with my daughter who is entering Kindergarten in the fall.

    I also wanted to say that I love your photography and thank you so much for your photography FAQ's page. I'm kind of a newbie and right now I just have a Canon Rebel XT. Your information has inspired me to keep pursuing photography as a hobby even though I can't quite afford a better camera right now. Thank you!

  3. I will definitely bookmark this list - LOVE "The Ordinary Princess"!!!!!

  4. Marie2:56 AM

    Hi! It's all I need for my summer trip with my 3 littles coconuts! Thanks you.

  5. Awesome! We've been working on our summer reading list, too. I haven't read a lot on your list, so I am excited to look into some of those! Hope you are recovering from your trip, it looked just wonderful.

  6. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies (please, notice the new url for my blog), under the Page 2 post on Jun. 13, 2012. Thanks again.

  7. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies (please, notice the new url for my blog), under the Page 4 post on Jun. 13, 2012. Thanks again.

  8. wow, I LOVE this! I am just graduating college and will be teaching English this fall. Always looking for new ways to get kids (and adults) reading more. Especially for when I become a mamma someday. This is adorable!!


  9. Hi Rebecca,
    I just wanted to say thankyou for sharing so many lovely things on a regular basis. I love reading your blog for inspiration. It's a happy and beautiful place! I've already downloaded and printed the reading stuff so it's all set for my son to do his summer reading. Thanks again!! :) ....Patti

  10. you are my new fave blogger! love the reading list (and pretty much everything else on your blog too) :)

  11. I am linking back to you here I just happened to do a post on reading & love your printables. Thanks for sharing! Theresa @ DearCreatives.com

  12. Such a fun way to encourage reading. My favs are the library-check-out card ones. Very nostalgic. Our kids prolly don't even know what they are! LOL!

  13. This post is awesome- what a great resource to support summer reading! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Thanks for sharing this reading list! Do you by any chance have a printable version of the list available?

    Thanks in advance if you do!

  15. LOVE these! I used them for an end-of-the-school-year activity for a group of girls I teach in my church. I turned the front and back covers into a folder and printed off numerous copies of all the inside papers. And then we had gummy "book" worms for our treat! It was great! Thanks so much!!

  16. These are fantastic--I think I'll use them with my tutoring students! I'm always looking for ways to get them to interact with what they're reading.

  17. This is lovely Rebecca!

    Thank you.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

  18. Thank you so much! We are huge readers over here and I'm always on the lookout for new books. I love the templates too! So fun and cheery.


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