Summer Reading Challenge: Week 2. Get your children their own library cards.

It is not too late to join us for the Summer Reading Challenge!

To participate:

1. Take 10 trips to the library. You may wish to establish a weekly routine of heading to the library at a set time each week, or you may wish to change it up each week. Consider making your library trips extra special by heading to a coffee shop afterwards for a treat or by meeting a friend at the library to play.

2. Each time you go to the library, choose 3 books for each child that you think they will enjoy, and let your children choose books they want to read. For younger children, you may wish to pick out more books yourself. As kids grow older and more familiar with which books they like and do not like, it is important to encourage them to choose books that they truly enjoy reading. Here is a Summer Reading Challenge log for parents to print out to keep track of library visits and books that your children might enjoy!

3. Make sure that each child has a space where they can read in your home. This could mean simply moving a reading lamp and a box with books next to their bed or a comfy chair. We recently put a nightstand and lamp next to my 5-year-old daughter’s bed and have caught her reading much more frequently than before. While children do not need fancy reading nooks to read, they are more likely to read if they have someplace quiet to read with…

  • good light,
  • comfy seating, and
  • books!

The reading challenge is that simple. For those who are interested, I have also broken this challenge into 10 simple steps that you can take to encourage your children to read. I hope that this will be fun and help keep you motivated all summer long.

This week, I encourage you to get a library card for each child you deem old enough. My 7-year-old and 5-year-old just got library cards this past week. The goal was twofold. First, it was exciting for my children to get their own library cards and a great way to kick off our summer reading. Second, it was a step towards teaching my children to use the library independently.

  • Do your kids have their own library cards?
  • What is a good age to get kids their own library cards?
  • How do keep track of your kids’ library cards?

Attn. Bloggers: Grab a Summer Reading Challenge button to post on your blog, and join in!

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3 Responses to Summer Reading Challenge: Week 2. Get your children their own library cards.

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  2. samacwns says:

    I like this idea! My library has a Summer Reading Program for the kids that just started today. Great timing! :)

  3. Beth says:

    Getting library cards was a major milestone for my kids; as soon as they could write their (first) name they got the card. This means I have very cute cards with giant names trembling across the back.

    There is a service called Library Elf ( that I found very helpful — it can look up all the books on a set of cards and email you a list with due dates at a schedule you specify. I found it helpful to get a reminder the night before library day so I could make sure everything due was in the bag as it was supposed to be, not under a pillow with the proud card-holder.

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