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Summer Holiday Reading Challenge

Reading challenges can be a fun and effective way to encourage children to read more and improve their reading skills. Here are a few ideas for reading challenges that you can use with your primary school-aged children:


The Reading Bingo Challenge: Complete Bright Light Education’s Reading Bingo Challenge by downloading the PDF below! Have your child complete a row, column, or diagonal to earn a prize. This can be a fun way to mix things up and keep reading interesting.

The 20 Books in a Month Challenge: Set a goal for your child to read 20 books in a month. This can be a mix of fiction and non-fiction, and you can adjust the number of books depending on your child’s age and reading level.

The One Book a Week Challenge: Encourage your child to read one book a week for a set period of time. This can be a great way to encourage them to read more and explore different types of books.

The Genre Exploration Challenge: Choose a different genre each month (e.g. mystery, science fiction, historical fiction) and have your child read at least one book in that genre. This can be a fun way to expose them to different types of literature and encourage them to try new things.

The Reading with a Partner Challenge: Encourage your child to find a reading buddy to read with. They can take turns reading to each other, discuss the books they are reading, and motivate each other to keep reading.

The Reading Scavenger Hunt: Create a list of items that can be found in books (e.g. a character who wears glasses, a place that starts with the letter “S”). Have children find these items as they read, and keep track of how many they can find.

The Reading Olympics: Create teams of children and have them compete in reading-related challenges, such as reading the most words in a minute or answering trivia questions about a book they have read.

Reading Rewards: Set reading goals for children and reward them when they reach certain milestones. For example, you could give them a small prize for every 10 books they read, or let them choose a special treat when they have read a certain number of pages.

Reading Log: Have children keep track of the books they read in a reading log. They can write the title of the book, the author, and a brief summary of what it was about. This can help them keep track of their progress and encourage them to read more.


    Remember to make the challenges fun and keep them appropriate for your child’s age and reading level. You can also offer incentives or rewards for meeting the reading goals to help motivate them.



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