Printable Summer Reading Challenge List for Kids

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Use this free printable Summer Reading Challenge List to keep kids motivated to read all summer long! Keep your reading skills sharp this summer as you check off each task on your summer reading list! 

free printable summer reading list for kids

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Printable Summer Reading Challenge List

Did you know that kids who don’t read on a regular basis can lose an average of 2-3 months’ worth of vital reading skills over summer break? Losing those skills can put your child at risk for falling behind their classmates, particularly in the elementary years, so keeping your kids motivated and encouraged to read all summer long is a MUST!

summer reading chart and diary of an awesome friendly kid

To get kids reading this summer, we put together a winning combination that is sure to inspire them – a free printable Summer Reading List inspired by the latest book by bestselling author Jeff Kinney, Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal

awesome friendly kid book cover

Do your kids love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series? The all-new Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal is a spin-off of the beloved series, and your kids are sure to love it just as much (or even MORE!) than the original! 

back of diary of an awesome friendly kid book cover

The new book features Rowley Jefferson who is the best friend of Greg Heffley, aka the Wimpy Kid who has been chronicling his adventures for years in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (with book #14 set to come out later this year!). Rowley has decided that it’s time to start a journal of his own to share his experiences and a little more about his soon-to-be-famous friend Greg…with hilarious results along the way!

kid reading book on the couch

As soon as I received this new book on our doorstep, my own super “Awesome Friendly Kid” had ripped the package open and dived head-first into the book! He is a HUGE fan of books and reading, and he always reads books from cover-to-cover the very first day that he gets them! (By the way, he says that Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal, “Definitely gets five out of five stars!”)

adorable child smiling reading book

When Simon transitioned from homeschool to public school this year, he had some anxiety about the idea of being in a classroom full of other kids. To ease his nerves, we spoke a lot about how important it is to be kind and friendly to other students, especially in new situations. He learned that it is important to have a positive outlook, and all of his new friends agree that he is most definitely an “Awesome Friendly Kid!” He mastered the art of being nice and making new friends this year, and I think that Rowley Jefferson’s positive attitude and kindness in Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal really resonated with him! It’s such a great message!

sweet kid enjoying reading a book
pages of diary of an awesome friendly kid book

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal is written and illustrated in the same graphic novel style as the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, so your young readers will likely be familiar with the format already. The book is recommended for ages 8-12, and all three of my boys (ages 8, 12, and 13) read it and really enjoyed it! 

So, now that you’ve discovered a fun new book that your kids will love to read this summer, there’s no better way to keep that excitement going than with a reading challenge!

summer reading list with characters shown

Our free printable reading challenge list comes with TEN different characters!

summer reading list printable with pencil

Pick one of the tasks on the reading challenge list, and check them off one at a time as you complete them! 

printable summer reading list activities

My boys like to take their reading challenge lists to the library with them each week during summertime so that they can remember which items are still unchecked…and as a bonus, it usually encourages them to check out more books than they would have if they had only come to the library thinking about a single task like “I need a book about animals” or “I need a book with yellow on the cover.”

free printable summer reading lists for kids

To make our summer reading challenge even more interesting and fast-paced, I like to award prizes to the kids as they complete their checklist. The first to complete their list gets the biggest prize, but everyone wins something special for completing the challenge. It’s a win-win all around! 

For instant access to the printable Summer Reading Challenge List, simply enter your name and email into the form below and click the “GET IT NOW!” button!

Don’t forget to grab your very own copy of Diary of a Super Awesome Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal to see what all of the excitement is about! 

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free printable summer reading lists for kids


  1. Thanks for the printable. I know my daughter will like this because she loves lists. She used to make checklist for her playdates, LOL!

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