So you downloaded the Summer Reading Calendars, now what?
We’re so glad that you’re joining us as we read every day this summer! We”™ve collected a couple of great ideas for each of the prompts, for both little ones AND for any elementary age siblings who might be joining in on the fun! You”™ll find picture books, early reader titles, short chapter books, and longer chapter books that fit within the different daily themes. Take this list to your local library or click through and purchase any of the below titles via Amazon!
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June Summer Reading Prompts
June 1 – Read a book and act it out:
June 2 – Read at dinner:
Elementary age: Weird but True Food: 300 Bite-size Facts About Incredible Edibles By National Geographic kids or The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz
June 3 – Read a book with a flashlight:
June 4 – Read a book with no pictures:
June 5 – Read a book about worrying:
June 6 – Read a newspaper:
Find age appropriate public interest stories in your local free newspaper or sit down together to enjoy the comics page!
June 7 – Read a biography:
June 8 – Read past your bedtime:
June 9 – Read a book about monsters:
June 10 – Read a book about a family
June 11 – Read a book that rhymes
Preschool: Dreams Come True, All They Need is You by Mike Dooley or Stand Back, Said the Elephant, I’m Going to Sneeze by Patricia Thomas
Elementary: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein or If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Worries by Judith Viorst
June 12 – Read a book that makes you feel happy
June 13 – Read whatever you choose
Grab your favorite title, close your eyes and pick a book at random, or think outside the box to choose something to read today!
June 14 – Read an ebook
June 15 – Read a book with your breakfast
Elementary: Adventures with Waffles by Maria Parr or The Star Wars Cookbook: BB-Ate: Awaken to the Force of Breakfast and Brunch by Lara Starr
June 16 – Have a picnic and pack some books
June 17: Read a book about food
June 18: Read to a sibling
Choose one of their favorite books or share your own favorite story. You’ll love the bonding time!
June 19: Read a book about history
June 20: Read a book about dinosaurs
June 21: Read a book about fairies
June 22: Read a banned book
June 23: Read at your local library
Find a cozy book nook in your library and curl up with a fun tale. Don’t forget to explore and see all that your library has to offer!
June 24: Look through the family photo album and tell stories
Let everyone take turns recounting the memories that your photo album brings.
June 25: Read a book about numbers
June 26: Read a book about butterflies
June 27: Read a book about sea creatures
June 28: Read a book by Dr. Seuss
June 29: Read a book and write a review
Choose a book you’ve read this month and write a review. Share your thoughts on a site like Amazon or Goodreads or just write on paper for yourself.
June 30: Read over the phone to someone special
Share a favorite story by phone or even better, write a lovely letter to someone you love and read it to them over the phone.
July Summer Reading Prompts
July 1: Read a book about the ocean
July 2: Read a fractured fairytale
Elementary: Little Red Riding Hood: An Interactive Fairytale Adventure by Eric Braun or Rump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Rumplestiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff
July 3: Read a book about football
July 4: Read a book about someone being very brave
July 5: Read a book about the dentist
July 6: Read a book you got at the library
Sit down with a great book that you’ve borrowed from your local library!
July 7: Read a book about art
July 8: Listen to an audiobook
Check out a free trial to Audible for access to tons of great audiobooks
July 9: Read a book in a blanket fort
July 10: Read a book with an elephant main character
July 11: Read a book about ice cream
July 12: Read a poem
July 13: Read a book about immigration
July 14: Read a book about stars
July 15: Read a book set in Africa
July 16: Read a book about spiders
July 17: Read a book about space
July 18: Read a book about moving
July 19: Read a graphic novel
July 20: Read a book about a kind boy
July 21: Read a recipe and make it
Use a favorite cookbook you own or check out the Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cookbook
July 22: Read for 30 minutes straight
Choose a favorite title or pick up something new, then find a cozy corner to settle into and just read.
July 23: Read a book about pets
July 24: Read a book about reading
July 25: Read a book about inventing
July 26: Read a book about new babies
July 27: Read a book by Eric Carle
July 28: Read together as a family
July 29: Read a book from your parent’s childhood
Parents, take the reins with today’s book suggestions and share your own childhood favorites.
July 30: Read a book about a construction site
July 31: Read a comic book
August Summer Reading Prompts
August 1: Read a book about flowers
August 2: Read a book about rainbows
August 3: Read a book about the farm
August 4: Read a book in a tent
Whether you set up a real tent in the yard or make a tent with blankets and chairs, grab your favorite book and enjoy!
August 5: Read a book about an explorer
August 6: Read a book you have read before
Re-read one of your favorite titles from earlier in the summer!
August 7: Read a book about superheroes
August 8: Read a story you wrote yourself
Write a story and share it with your family!
August 9: Read with a friend
Have a playdate and be sure to leave time for reading!
August 10: Read a book about a great leader
August 11: Read a nonfiction book
August 12: Read under a tree
Find a shady spot under a tree, lay down a blanket, and spend some time with a great book!
August 13: Read a book in a funny voice
Read a book aloud and give the characters or narrator their own unique funny voice.
August 14: Read snuggled up in bed
Curl up with a favorite book as you snuggle in for naptime or bedtime.
August 15: Read a book about dancing
August 16: Read a book about forest animals
August 17: Read a book outside
Kick back on a lounge chair, spread a blanket under a shady tree, or lay in the hammock and enjoy the outdoors as you read.
August 18: Read a book about libraries
August 19: Read at the beach, lake, or pool
Head to your favorite watering hole with a great book! Don’t forget the sunscreen!
August 20: Read a book by Leo Lionni
You can find a great collection of Leo Lionni stories in Frederick’s Fables.
August 21: Read a book to a stuffed animal
Grab your favorite cuddly friend and tell them a wonderful tale. Bonus points if they’re in the story!
August 22: Read a book with no words
August 23: Read a book about pirates
August 24: Read a book about the fall
August 25: Read any book you want
It’s your turn to choose the theme of the day! Pick your favorite!
August 26: Read a book and have a snack
Get creative in the kitchen and whip up a tasty snack that fits with the theme of your favorite book, then read it!
August 27: Read with a headlamp
Crawl under the covers, hide in the closet, or camp out in the yard and read with the help of a headlamp!
August 28: Read a book about going to school
Elementary: The Exceptionally, Extraordinarily Ordinary First Day of School by Albert Lorenz or Going to School by Philip Steele and Rupert Matthews
August 29: Read a book about peace
August 30: Start a Chapter Book
August 31: Keep reading that Chapter Book!
We hope you’ll keep reading every day, all year long! Join us again next summer!