Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summer Reading Log

i hope everyone had a great holiday weekend. i can't believe we're already into july. this summer is going by too fast for me. 
a couple weeks ago, i took my kids and signed them up for the summer reading program at our library. i wanted a way to keep track of all the books everyone was reading and whether or not they liked them. 

so i put together a summer reading log... complete with a very scientific rating system for the first page.

what you'll need:
  • composition notebook
  • adhesive
  • patterned paper (i used papers from the super cute lime twist collection at my mind's eye)
  • old raggedy ink pad (optional)
  • corner rounder (optional)
  • download (includes READ letters and rating system) or get a download with a blank rating system here
what you'll do:
  • arrange your papers the way you want them. use the cover to trace where you'll need to cut. 
  • trim down the letters, round the top corners and ink all of the edges.
  • adhere everything to the front cover.
  • adhere the rating system sheet to the inside cover. if you want, cover it with some patterned paper first. 


then purchase a sheet of gold star stickers. each time you add a new book to your reading log, add the correct number of stars next to each review.


  1. What a clever idea! We're doing the library's summer reading program too - love your rating system :)

  2. Just wanted to say that I love your blog and say thanks for the free printables! I used one here


    in my gallery wall.

  3. LOVE this idea! Can't wait to do this with my kids.

    We posted a link: http://ificould-ificould.blogspot.com/2011/07/summer-reading-log.html

    Thanks for sharing!
    Missy & Kimi
    if I could...

  4. I'm totally making one of these for my kids!! :) Thanks!

  5. What a great idea! I love to read.

  6. I just found your blog and love it! I hope you will consider doing a "to do" list for all the seasons. I made the summer one yesterday and am loving putting my items on there. (I love to check things off!) Although my fall list may not be filled with as many fun things, I would like to keep them front and center. Thanks!!

  7. Composition books are just the best blank canvases. This one is wonderful!

  8. Thanks so very much for this download. I may just do this using the blank rating system for my students when school starts. What a great way to journal and keep track of what they read.
    - Sydney
    Lessons Learned

  9. Really like this idea a lot! Will you be sharing the books and their ratings? We could always use great recommendations in this house!

  10. We joined our library summer reading program too, love it. The kids just made me a list of their top favorite books so far. They will like this idea, thanks so much.

  11. OMGosh! I am totally doing this for my kids. They have read like maniacs this summer. I love that I've started following you gals! :)

  12. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 3 post on Jul. 06, 2011. Thanks again.