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Summer Reading Challenges (Grades K-12)

During the Summer Reading Program, we give kids in grades K-12 the option to complete fun challenges as part of their reading logs. Here are some ideas for challenges you can complete! (The Summer Reading Program this year runs from May 24-July 14, 2017.)

  • Build or draw a character or place from a book you’ve read
  • Pick up trash around your neighborhood
  • Tell a friend about a good book you’ve read
  • Plant a flower at your house for the honeybees
  • Take a hike in the woods. Photograph/Draw pictures of interesting birds/bugs/plants you see
  • Read a book that has been made into a movie—then see the movie and compare!
  • Make something new out of recycled materials (like turning an old box into a toy car garage)
  • Do a small act of kindness for someone (like sweeping someone’s sidewalk or holding the door open for someone)
  • Read in the dark with a flashlight
  • Learn how to make your own playdough with simple, kitchen ingredients (ask an adult first!)
  • Draw on the sidewalk with chalk
  • Read the same book with a friend and talk about it
  • Make and eat a healthy snack
  • Donate food or other supplies to a local food pantry or animal shelter
  • Read a book that takes place in a different part of the country or world
  • Play a board game or do a jigsaw puzzle with your family or friends
  • Read in a tent
  • Make a telephone out of aluminum cans and string and see if it works!
  • Help a family member with a chore they don’t like to do
  • Write your own story
  • Read to a younger child
  • Go somewhere you’ve never been before
  • Read under a tree
  • Teach someone younger than you how to do something
  • Play a game outside
  • Find a constellation in the night sky
  • Write a poem or song
  • Visit the Centerville Playground
  • Follow a recipe to make something with an adult
  • Read while riding in a car
  • Jump rope 50 times in a row
  • Read a graphic novel
  • Ride your bike or take a walk for 15 minutes
  • Read a book your mom or dad read as a kid and then talk about it together
  • Brighten a friend or family member’s day by telling them one thing you like about them
  • Listen to an audiobook—you can find lots of audiobooks through the OverDrive app!
  • Read a book about a real person you admire or want to know more about
  • Play the Alphabet Game on a long car ride—find and call out all the letters in order from A-Z on signs and billboards as you drive past. Whoever gets to Z first wins!
  • Play I Spy
  • Make a card for someone
  • Read to a pet or stuffed animal
  • Observe (don’t touch!) an insect or worm for 10 minutes



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