Do you have a daily reading requirement for the kiddos over the summer? Or even during the school year? We do. So after reviewing a ton of book lists and reading log options on Pinterest, I came up with these fun printable Reading Log Book Selfies for our kiddos to use. Based on Instagram and good old-fashion Polaroids (which are all the rage, again!) they are snapshots with either book spines to be completed or blank to insert an “actual” selfie or draw a picture. Then they can be posted on a corkboard or wall, or hung up somewhere fun as we did.
Our school normally asks that the children have 20 minutes of reading a day. I don’t always worry about it when they’re in school all day. There is a LOT of reading sprinkled through the day across their normal subjects and homework. Especially if you have reluctant readers or learning disabilities and reading challenges. But in the summer, and across the course of this corona-homeschool-world-in-chaos spring and summer session, we’ve definitely been requiring it. Our kiddos set a timer for 20 minutes a day, then when it goes off they have to finish whatever chapter they are in. Sometimes they read something they picked or something I help them pick just for fun. A lot of the time they are reading something related to our current unit study–but still usually fiction.
Since March 13th (when they officially left school for corona) as a group we have accomplished a LOT of reading. (I’m a bookworm and I’ve been on a War of the Roses and Tudor/Elizabethan England binge lately.) It’s actually fun to track it for them so they can see how much they’ve done!
The template includes images with book spines to put the title and author on, as well as blank snapshots where they can add an actual image or draw a picture of cover of the book.
Each snapshot has a spot for their name and the year. This way if they’ve read some of the same books, you know which card belongs to whom. With a house of reluctant readers and reading challenges, I really focus on stories, more than reading books. It’s important to me that they know the story of the Odyssey and other classics, not just that they each read the actual original unabridged version. So on our printable reading log book selfies, we will include picture books, audiobooks, and graphic novels. That way no one is “falling behind” or getting left out.
The name line also makes it easy to use these printables for a large group or classroom. They look awesome posted on a bulletin board or hung on a string. Leaving them up in a family space is also a great opportunity for other family members and friends to see and provide some positive feedback. It can pretty cool to have an aunt or next-door neighbor come in and say “Hey, you read Little Women? I LOVED that book!”
And if you’re looking for great reading material to put on the kiddos lists, here are posts with some of our favorite recommendations…
20 Adventure Series Chapter Books for Girls (ages 9-13)
25 Adventure Series Chapter Books for Boys (ages 9-13)