Summer is a great time for kids to explore.
One of our favorite ways to learn and explore over the summer break is with books.
Even if plans don’t include travel beyond the backyard, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the world by reading great books about a variety of topics. If your teens are anything like mine, however, they might feel more comfortable continuously selecting the same types of books rather than exploring new subjects or genres.
During the school year our book club reads a wide variety of books, but during the summer I challenge my kids to select their own books. Several years ago I created an activity to help my kids find new books. It was a hit and my kids still use it every summer!
With this FREE and simple activity your family can make the best teen summer reading list, personalized for each child’s reading ability and interests.
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FREE Teen Summer Reading Activity
Several years ago I was looking for a way to encourage my kids to seek a wider variety of books to read. The result was a fun summer reading activity we call “BOOKO”.
I created a form similar to a BINGO card. Each square contains a different summer reading activity to complete.
Some of the activities include:
- Read about an animal
- Read about an adventure
- Read about summer
- Read a myth
- Read a non-fiction book
There are 24 activities in all!
By using BOOKO each child creates a unique summer reading experience based on the books they select.
We are excited to offer our BOOKO Summer Reading Activity FREE to our readers. Simply download and print a copy for each child.
Teen Summer Reading Book Suggestions
The key to a great summer reading experience is finding quality books to read. Here are a few resources we often use to help our children find new books to read:
We highly encourage visiting your local library and asking the staff for their suggestions.
Children can ask friends and relatives for book recommendations. A great follow-up would be for your child to meet with the person to discuss the book after they have finished reading.
For reviews of children’s books we often turn to Common Sense Media. With this site you can sort books by age, genre, topic, and more.
As children move into the teen years it can sometimes be a little more challenging to find wide ranging book suggestions. We recently found a new tool that is making our summer reading selection process easier and more meaningful for our teens – Reading Portfolio.
Reading Portfolio – Builds & Records Teen Summer Reading List
As kids move through middle school and into high school, there are a few key concerns parents have when it comes to reading:
- How do I help my child find quality books to read?
- How do I know if my child understands what she/he read?
- How can I keep an accurate record of my child’s reading efforts?
I was so happy when I discovered Reading Portfolio because it addresses ALL of these issues. I can’t believe someone didn’t think of this sooner!
Reading Portfolio is a great new way to recommend, track, and verify independent reading. Recommended for students ages 13 and older, the Reading Portfolio book list includes more than 70 titles.
Many of my children’s favorite books are included on the Reading Portfolio site and match our BOOKO activities. A few of our favorite include:
- Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
- The Call of the Wild by Jack London
After reading a book, students return to the Reading Portfolio site to take a quiz. Try a SAMPLE QUIZ to see what type of questions are asked.
Students are credited for every book they read and every quiz they pass on the Reading Portfolio site. Students build a portfolio that reflects the depth and breadth of their reading history.
Your student’s reading portfolio can easily be printed and added to their high school portfolio to show that your student is well-read.
Reading Portfolio is an easy, inexpensive addition to any homeschool curriculum for students age 13 and up that allows you to keep track and get credit for every book read. The cost for a one year subscription is $15.95 and a ten year subscription is just $24.95 per student.
The ten year subscription allows you to build up a Reading Portfolio score during the middle school, high school and college years, for a maximum of ten years, but you will have access to your scores and portfolios forever. This is the option we are using because it will make our reading record keeping consistent and current. You can find additional information about this ten year subscription special offer by visiting the Reading Portfolio site:
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Please help us add to our summer reading list ideas!
We would love for you to leave a comment and let us know what books your children select as they complete their Reading Portfolio and BOOKO Summer Reading Activities!