A kid's reading chart can be a wonderful way to encourage your child to develop a love of reading. Charts help the child see the progress he is making with reading and can also serve as a way to track the number of books read so you can reward your child for meeting specific goals.
Download Free Printable Reading Charts
The printable reading charts below will help your child keep track of reading activities. There is a chart for very early readers as well as older readers.
To download any of the printables listed here, you'll need to use Adobe Reader, which can be downloaded for free. Once Adobe is installed on your computer, click on the image and it will pull up in your browser window.
This chart is located at the top of this article and could be used to track individual books read, blocks of reading time, or number of pages read. The child could either color each square or place a small sticker on the square to show that the goal has been completed. When the path is complete, it could be used as a game board by rolling dice and then asking the child questions about the books he has read. If he gets the answer right, he can move that many spaces on the game path.
This simple reading chart featuring books is good for early readers, because the child can simply color in each book as he finishes reading one. Give the child a goal to read a set number of books each week, or offer a reward for completing all the books on the chart. You could also use this chart with older readers by having them write the title inside the outline of the book.
My Reading Pizza
This chart features a whole pizza pie divided into eight slices. Each slide has several pepperonis on it. You can use the pizza chart in several ways. Reward the child for every three pepperonis colored in, with each pepperoni representing a book. You could also use the pepperonis to represent 10 minutes of reading time or page goals.
Online Reading Charts
Many sites for teachers and parents offer simple, downloadable charts that kids can use to track their reading time or keep a list of what books they are reading.
- Free Printable Behavior Charts has downloads for several kid's reading charts, including weekly reading charts, book logs, and a bookworm coloring chart that's perfect for younger children.
- Country Clip Art has six reading logs for kids to use, including a design that has room for a parent to sign after each reading session.
- Kid's Reward Chart has boy and girl customizable charts that can be used to track weekly progress towards the reading goal of your choice.
- ABC Teach has a daily reading log for elementary students. This chart can help parents and teachers track what kids are reading on a daily basis and serve as a record of reading over time. This way, you can see if your child is becoming a more proficient reader as well as if he is reading a balance of books on different topics.
- Chart Jungle: Offers a chart to track a child's reading adventures. The chart is a monthly reading list and has a space where the child can write the book title read and who the author was. The site also offers a chart where kids can earn TV time by reading. If the child reads for an hour, he earns an hour of television viewing time.
Making a Reading Chart
If your child enjoys craft projects, he may want to create a reading chart instead of using a chart that has already been made. This simple project can be completed in 30 minutes or less. A timer bookmark can help track progress.
- Poster board
- Markers, colored pencils, or crayons
- Decorative stickers
- Brainstorm a goal for the reading chart, such as reading one book per week.
- Use the ruler to draw a grid on the poster board.
- Add lines at the bottom of the chart to use for keeping track of book titles, if desired.
- Decorate the chart with your markers, colored pencils, or crayons. One fun idea might be to draw a picture of a character from a favorite book.
- Add stickers to the chart each time you take a step towards reaching your goal.
When the reading chart is full, you may want to offer your child some sort of small prize for accomplishing his goal. Here are few ideas to consider:
- A new book from his school's Scholastic Book Club flier or the next book fair event
- Fun new school supplies, such as notebooks with a favorite cartoon character or a decorated stationary set
- A family movie night, with the movie being a title based on his favorite children's book
Keeping a Reading Journal
Older children, or those who read above their grade level, may prefer keeping a reading journal instead of filling out a reading chart. A reading journal is simply a blank book that includes space for the child to write down his thoughts regarding a particular story. Some of the things a child might note in a reading journal include:
- Questions about the plot
- Unfamiliar vocabulary words
- Comparisons with other stories he has read
- Guesses about what will happen to the characters next
- Ideas for alternate story endings
Instilling a Love of Reading
Keeping track of reading accomplishments and rewarding efforts can instill a love of reading in your child. While stickers, small toys, candy and outings will inspire your child to read at first, as he realizes the world that books open up to him, he will begin to read for the sheer joy of discovering something new. The best reward of all is learning to read and love books.