Printable Monthly Reading Logs: A Fun & Easy Way to Motivate Kids

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Looking for a fun, creative, and easy way to both encourage your kids to read and to keep track of their reading progress? I gotchu! Keep reading to learn how to get and use my free printable reading logs for kids and to receive a number of tips for motivating kids to read!

Growing up, I would read all the time. I would devour book after book, resulting in many trips to the library and hours perusing the “clearance” section of my favorite bookstores. Years later, I still read as much as I can and am always looking for ways to encourage my kids to read, too.

So far, we haven’t had any issues finding books for my kids to read. Thanks to a number of ways to get cheap and free books, reading materials are more accessible, and budget-friendly, than ever for families with kids of all ages.

When it comes to motivating kids to read, though? I’ve run into some frustrations there.

Why Kids Should Read

Before we get into tips for motivating kids to read, let’s first do a little refresher on the reasons kids should read. If anything, the following could serve as some matter-of-fact and ready-made answers to keep in your back pocket when the kids as “whyyyyyyy do I need to read?!” Here are just a few reasons why kids should read:

  • reading can boost imagination and creativity
  • reading can improve language and communication skills
  • reading can help kids to develop empathy and emotional intelligence
  • reading can promote focus and concentration
  • reading can help to reduce stress and anxiety

Also worth noting: you may notice I’m mentioning kids reading, but not necessarily reading books. Especially in the homeschooling world, it seems that many feel that reading published materials such as graphic novels, magazines, books that are “easy” reads, etc. are twaddle and not living books.

young child wearing a multi color striped shirt laying on his back reading a book with a blue cover around him lay books with different colors

First, let it be known that I can’t stand the word “twaddle.” It’s about as silly as the belief. Graphic novels are definitely real books and nearly all age-appropriate reading materials can aid in motivating kids to read and learn more and more. I understand the need for, and importance of, books of merit and books that encourage critical thinking and such, but…come on. If my child is reading (something appropriate for their age), I am happy.

One last thing – did you know that your kids can earn free food and even free books just by reading books? Um, if that’s not reason enough to read, I don’t know what is! Kids can earn free pizza from Pizza Hut, kids meals from Panda Express, and even free books through the Barnes & Noble summer reading program! I bet your local library even has a reading challenge!

Moving right along, let’s chat about motivating our kids to read, shall we?

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Motivating Kids to Read

There are seemingly endless ways to motivate kids to read. Every child is different (of course), so motivation will vary from child to child, but a few ways I’ve been encouraging my kids to read are:

  • Reading with them: Yes, as a homeschooling mom and content creator, I always have some sort of task calling my name. Life gets busy, but, if I’m willing to step away from my to-do list for a little bit and, instead, read a book alongside my kids, reading is always accomplished. My kids and I also finish this time feeling relaxed and ready to tackle the rest of our chores, too, so…win win!
  • Creating a cozy environment: Make sure the soft, fluffy blankets are nearby, the lights just bright enough to read, and the background noise is as quiet as possible and BAM, you’ve got yourself a cozy reading environment. If your child is sensory-seeking, they may enjoy reading in a hammock or with a weighted blanket. Of course, you know your child best!
  • Scheduling reading time: Setting a set reading time is especially helpful for new and reluctant readers. Our schedule can sometimes be a little “all over the place” thanks to homeschool co-ops and field trips, but scheduling reading into our day helps us a ton!
  • Setting reading challenges: If challenges motivate your kids to do their chores and such…set a reading challenge! We find that using these printable monthly reading logs help set us up for reading challenge success!
group of 5 kids reading books in a park

Reading Logs for Kids

One way that I’ve succeeded in getting my kids to read on a regular basis is to use monthly reading logs with my free printable reading logs for kids that are linked below. Not only do they help in motivating kids to read, but they also serve as a great record of reading in case you need to keep track of that in your homeschool planning.

How do we use these reading log printables in our daily life? Well, at the beginning of the month, I’ll print out a monthly reading log for each child. I’ll write each child’s name on the reading log (or have them write it themselves) and then, I’ll tape it to the wall of our family room.

Yep. I tape it to the wall. It’s not the most aesthetic home decor, but we do most of our homeschool activities in the family room, so that’s where it’s going.

Anyways, after I tape it to the wall, the kids get to challenging each other to see who can create the best/nicest/whatever reading log possible. There really isn’t any specific criteria in determining that, so I just let them do their own thing and that works.

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In our home, I set a minimum of 30 minutes as a requirement for daily reading time. To keep track of the time, the kids will set their own timer using Alexa or will set a timer on one of the kitchen appliances. Easy peasy! At the end of that time, the kids are able to color in the specific date section of their monthly reading log.

Simply put, these reading logs make motivating kids to read super easy, fun, and successful! To get an entire year’s worth of printable monthly reading logs for your kids (or for yourself!), go ahead and fill out the form below. The PDF will be send direct to your inbox where you can download and store to your own device or drive. It’s ridiculously easy!

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Happy Reading!

Encouraging kids to grow as readers is not only beneficial for them academically, but also emotionally! By providing kids with reading materials they love (even if it’s that so-called word that I’m not even going to mention again) encourages their curiosity, allows them to grow into lifelong learners, and can work wonders for their stress & anxiety levels. It’s so great!

Reading logs for kids aren’t just pieces of paper or a way to measure progress or keep records. They’re a fun & hands-on way to help expand our kids worlds.

If you have any questions about the printable monthly reading logs, motivating kids to read, or anything homeschooling related, go ahead and leave a comment! I’ll answer as best I can and can point you in the right direction.

Until next time, stay safe and enjoy quality time with your family,

- Elizabeth (and the kids. and the husband. even the dog.)

Elizabeth Dukart is a proud Georgia-based born and raised Jersey Girl, wife, and mom of 2 human boys & 1 canine boy.

Created in 2021, Elizabeth owns and publishes That Homeschool Family: a free resource for homeschooling parents and beyond! A seasoned blogger, Elizabeth previously published a popular location-specific family resource blog, but decided to “Pivot!” her blogging focus after she started homeschooling her two boys in 2020. In addition to this blog, you can follow Elizabeth’s homeschooling and family adventures on Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. She can also be found in her Facebook Group: That Homeschool Family Hangout.

When she’s not busy taking over the world or homeschooling, Elizabeth can be found listening to music (especially The Beatles & Harry Styles!), being silly with her boys, watching movies with family, shopping, or traveling!

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