How do you encourage kids to read over the summer? Some kids pick up a book whenever they have a spare moment. Other kids need a little motivation. Whatever their reading style, every kid loves a good game or challenge, which means that reading bingo is the perfect summer reading activity!
Here are two versions of reading bingo for kids with free, printable BINGO cards. One bingo card covers a wide range of summer literacy activities, like reading, writing, learning new vocabulary and poetry.
The second reading bingo card is a genre-based reading challenge which encourages kids to read a wide variety of books in different genres and themes. This bingo game will get kids reading outside of their comfort zone
The goal of each reading bingo challenge is the same: complete the challenges in enough squares to reach five in a row and BINGO! Feel free to offer up a prize at the end, if your child needs some extra motivation. Maybe a day out at the arcade, or a double scoop ice cream cone or..... perhaps a gift certificate to your local, independent bookstore? (I'd choose that last one, myself.)
Lucky you, the genre-based book bingo game can be completed using our book lists! Find the index of all our lists here: Master Book List of Lists!
In addition, a few of our posts may come in handy when completing the summer literacy bingo card, so I'll include links to those posts at the end of this post.
Fill out the form below and both BINGO cards will magically appear in your inbox so your kids don't have to waste any time getting started!
NOTE: reading should NEVER EVER EVER feel like a chore. Use these bingo cards wisely. If a child doesn't want to complete them in the traditional way, or wants to abandon them altogether, that's okay! Find a gentle solution that works for your child.
** Both bingo cards contain an #ownvoices book square. Just after I wrote this post, We Need Diverse Books came out with a statement as to why they are retiring this term. Going forward, I will be following their example.
Useful links for summer literacy bingo:
- Write a Spine Poem
- How to memorize a poem
- How to write a haiku
- Make a giant comic strip
- DIY bookmark ideas
- Summer poems for kids
For more help finding books see our index of themed book lists.
Other fun summer literacy ideas: