Summer is here and it's the perfect time for kids to explore new books and develop a love for reading. A summer reading scavenger hunt is a great way to keep kids engaged and excited about reading all summer long. In this post, we'll share some tips for creating a summer reading scavenger hunt for kids, as well as an actual scavenger hunt for you to use with your child.
Tips for Creating a Summer Reading Scavenger Hunt for Kids:
Choose a theme: To make the scavenger hunt more fun, choose a theme that ties all the books together. Some fun themes include animals, superheroes, or mysteries. For our scavenger hunt, we'll be using a "Summer Fun" theme.
Create a list of books: Make a list of books that fit the theme and that are appropriate for your child's age and reading level. Consider including a mix of fiction and non-fiction books. Here are some examples of books to include in the "Summer Fun" theme:
"The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School" by Deborah Diesen
"The Berenstain Bears' Big Book of Science and Nature" by Stan and Jan Berenstain
"The Magic School Bus Gets Planted" by Joanna Cole
"My Side of the Mountain" by Jean Craighead George
"The Boxcar Children" by Gertrude Chandler Warner
"The Cricket in Times Square" by George Selden
"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis
Create clues: Create clues that lead your child to each book. For example, "This book is about a fish who is having a bad day" could lead your child to "The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School."
Set a goal: Set a goal for how many books your child needs to read to complete the scavenger hunt. For our scavenger hunt, the goal is to read at least four books.
Reward your child: Once your child completes the scavenger hunt, reward them with something fun, like a special outing or a treat.
"The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt - Find a rainbow of colors to start your hunt, and then look for a book where crayons go on strike!
"Iggy Peck, Architect" by Andrea Beaty - Look for a book about a young boy who loves to build and create amazing things with his imagination.
"Ada Twist, Scientist" by Andrea Beaty - Find a book about a curious girl who loves to explore and experiment with science.
"Dragons Love Tacos" by Adam Rubin - Look for a book about dragons who love to snack on tacos, but beware of the spicy salsa!
"The Book with No Pictures" by B. J. Novak - Look for a book with no pictures that promises to make you laugh out loud.
"The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds - Look for a book about a young girl who discovers her own creativity and inspires others to do the same.
"Giraffes Can't Dance" by Giles Andreae - Find a book about a clumsy giraffe who learns to dance to his own beat.
"Rosie Revere, Engineer" by Andrea Beaty - Look for a book about a girl who loves to invent and create amazing machines.
"Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!" by Mo Willems - Look for a book about a pesky pigeon who will do anything to drive a bus.
"The Gruffalo" by Julia Donaldson - Find a book about a cunning mouse who outwits dangerous animals in the deep, dark forest.
"Press Here" by Herve Tullet - Look for a book that invites you to press, shake, and tilt the pages to make magic happen.
"The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" by Jon Scieszka - Find a book that tells the classic tale of the three little pigs, but from a different perspective.
"Interrupting Chicken" by David Ezra Stein - Look for a book about a little chicken who just can't resist interrupting bedtime stories.
"The Snail and the Whale" by Julia Donaldson - Find a book about a tiny snail who sets out on a big adventure around the world.
"The Day You Begin" by Jacqueline Woodson - Look for a book that celebrates the beauty of diversity and encourages children to be proud of who they are.
"Last Stop on Market Street" by Matt de la Pena - Find a book about a young boy who learns to appreciate the beauty and diversity of his community on a bus ride with his grandma.
"Room on the Broom" by Julia Donaldson - Look for a book about a friendly witch and her animal friends who go on a magical ride on a broomstick.
"How to Catch a Star" by Oliver Jeffers - Find a book about a boy who dreams of catching a star and goes on a journey to make his wish come true.
"The Lion Inside" by Rachel Bright - Look for a book about a tiny mouse who finds the courage to roar like a lion and be brave.
"We're Going on a Bear Hunt" by Michael Rosen - Find a book about a family who goes on an adventure to find a bear, overcoming various obstacles along the way.
"Shh! We Have a Plan" by Chris Haughton - Look for a book about four friends who go on a mission to catch a bird, but their plans always go awry.
Creating a summer reading scavenger hunt is a fun and creative way to get your child excited about reading this summer. By using a theme, creating clues, and setting a goal, you can keep your child engaged and motivated to read all summer long. And if you're looking for a convenient way to ensure your child has access to new and exciting books all summer long, consider signing up for Owl Post Books, a monthly children's book subscription service that delivers hand-picked books right to your doorstep. With Owl Post Books, you can rest assured that your child will have access to the best and most engaging children's books all summer long, without ever having to leave your house.