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Summer Reading Bucket List

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A Summer Reading Bucket List is a fun way to encourage kids to read over summer break. This one has reading challenges that introduce kids to different genres. Other bucket list items make reading more interesting with creative places and ways to read.

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Summer Reading Bucket List Books


This summer reading bucket list includes lots of different types of books to encourage kids to discover new genres. The bucket list includes books from these categories:

  • Banned Books
  • Biographies
  • Fairy Tales
  • Fantasy
  • History
  • Mysteries
  • New Release
  • Non-Fiction
  • Series


The bucket list also includes books on specific subjects:

  • Animals
  • Sports
  • Science
  • Superheroes

Based on Title Words

I added several options that let kids choose any type of book they want, as long as the title of the book includes a certain type of word.

  • Color
  • Country
  • Food
  • Number

Different Reading Places and Techniques

Kids get bored easy so changing the reading material isn’t enough to keep them excited about reading all summer. So, I included a lot of different options to read in different places and ways.


One thing you’ll notice about book lovers is that they read anywhere and everywhere. To help create reading fanatics, I’ve added lots of different places to read to the bucket list.

  • Bathtub
  • Beach or Pool
  • Blanket Fort
  • Bookstore
  • Car
  • Library
  • Outside

Different Ways

It can get to be a chore if you always have to read to yourself, flipping through pages. Sometimes it’s fun to change how you interact with literature.

  • Read a book with someone else
  • Read a book to someone else
  • Read a book while listening to music
  • Read a book then watch the movie it inspired
  • Write a book

Different Media

I also included variants of reading to get kids to think outside the box when it comes to reading. For example, the list includes these items:

  • Audio Books
  • Graphic Novels/Comic Books
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers

I originally made this summer reading bucket list for my kids, but I’m actually taking the challenge this summer too! I tend to read the same types of books. I’m looking forward to broadening my perspective.

You could even tackle the bucket list as part of a family book club challenge. Or, if your family is as competitive as mine is, you could have a contest to see who can complete their bucket list the fastest!

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1 thought on “Summer Reading Bucket List”

  1. This is such a great idea. Love that you have included to write your own book


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