*Update (May 20, 2014) – You asked for it!  Here is a quick crash course on how it all works! Happy Summer and Happy Reading!

Free printable summer reading kit

The kids are almost out of school, and the dreaded ‘Summer-Mush-Mind‘ is about to set in. {It’s contagious you know} 😉 Well NOT if we have anything to do with it!  HowDoesShe to the rescue. I was literally giddy when I saw what chickabug had designed as our next exclusive printable kit.

What is it?!

The cutest, yet most practical “Summer Reading Star” game. No more Summer-Mush-Mind. How does it work? Well, pictures speak a thousand words, so take a peek.

Free printable summer reading kit

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The Summer Reading Star game was designed to fit kids of all ages (yes that includes you). Simply set an appropriate time goal for your child on their reading “bingo card”, and let the fun begin. They will read in all sorts of magical places to fill in their card. When they hit BINGO, they get a coupon; when they get a complete BLACKOUT (filling every square) they get a golden ticket.Free printable summer reading kitSummer Reading Star PRINTABLESummer Reading Star PRINTABLE

Each time your child finishes a book, they earn a banner piece. They can draw a picture or write a few sentences in the blank space that tells what the book was about. I can’t wait to see my little boy’s banner fill up with his adorable drawings.

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When I explained the Summer reading program to him, he RAN to get his favorite hat and started reading. One box checked off his list.

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He immediately asked to do another bingo square. Little cutie. I love that he was so excited about being a Summer Reading Star.

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I’m seriously thinking about playing along too. I could use a few BINGO coupons…. a massage, a new pair of sunglasses, an hour of alone time…. yes, I think I will play.

As always, a special thanks to our incredibly talented graphic designer chickabug, who has been with us from the very beginning. She has helped create a huge vault of exclusive printables for Y.O.U.  Tooth Fairy printables, Summer Fun printables, all-occasion cards, Teacher Appreciation printables, and more! We hope you are loving them and USING them! Check out our complete exclusive printable collection here.

How do you get your hands on these freebies? If you are a HowDoesShe email subscriber, they are already in your inbox. If you aren’t, it’s about time you joined us! The printables (along with access to all of our other FREE  sets) will automatically be sent to you once you’ve subscribed.

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Now go grab a book! Happy Summer & Happy Reading.

  1. May 15th, 2012 at 12:04 pm
    Brandi at Flair By Brandi says:
    I love this! Such a great way to motivate our kids to read!!

  2. May 15th, 2012 at 10:59 pm
    Kris says:
    I can't get the link to work for the summer reading star. I would love to be able to print this. Thank you so much for all the wonderful printables and ideas.
    • June 6th, 2012 at 4:01 pm
      Caley says:
      Hi Kris, if you are still having issues accessing the printables, send me an email at caley @ howdoesshe.com. I would love to help you!
  3. May 16th, 2012 at 12:12 am
    Ellen says:
    I can't get to the link. I would love to print these. I tried subscribing again, but it says I am already subscribed.. HELP!!
    • June 6th, 2012 at 4:02 pm
      Caley says:
      Hi Ellen, if you are still having issues accessing the printables, send me and email at caley @ howdoesshe.com, I would love to help you!
  4. May 16th, 2012 at 6:24 am
    Kathy says:
    The Summer Reading printables are so creative. I know my grandchildren will love watching their banner grow!
  5. May 19th, 2012 at 4:52 pm
    Laura S. says:
    I LOVE this! I'd like to use it to motivate my students throughout the summer (I teach children who need additional reading support in first and second grade).

    I'm wondering if it's possible to make the banner pieces smaller, so that four would fit on a page? Paper is precious to our school during these tight economic times, and I'd love to print some for each of my 27 cuties.

    Your work is so beautiful, and I thank you for sharing it with us!
  6. May 23rd, 2012 at 10:50 am
    kris becker says:
    What a great idea. Like a few people have said, I can't seem to get the free printable of the bingo reading game. It say's you need to be a subscriber and I have been a for a while now. Please let me know if I am doing something wrong. Thank you. [email protected]
    • June 6th, 2012 at 4:03 pm
      Caley says:
      Just sent you an email! ;)
      • May 29th, 2015 at 2:04 pm
        Lauren says:
        I would also love the BINGO template. I have signed up to become a subscriber but I still can't seem to download. Thanks for any help!
        • May 29th, 2015 at 6:42 pm
          Katie says:
          Check your email, help is on it's way!
  7. May 25th, 2012 at 1:47 pm
    Tricia says:
    Thank you so much for this reading program! I can't wait to use it. I am getting ready to print it right now so we can be ready to start our summer program on Monday. Love this website, so excited to share it with my friends.
  8. May 25th, 2012 at 8:38 pm
    Stacey says:
    My kids are out of control & I love it!! I've had to limit them to checking off two boxes a day! :) I've taken some of the cutest pictures of them being crweative to checkl off a box while they read! This fun little project may turn them into avid readers yet. Thank you soooo much! Now I need a math incentive! LOL!
    • May 25th, 2012 at 9:15 pm
      Shelley says:
      This makes me smile. :) I love that they can't stop reading / playing bingo. Please send pictures our way! We'd love to see them.
  9. May 29th, 2012 at 1:25 pm
    wendy says:
    I'd love to get the printables too, but cannot seem to get to them. Help please!!!
    • June 6th, 2012 at 4:03 pm
      Caley says:
      Hi Wendy, if you are still having issues accessing the printables, send me an email at caley @ howdoesshe.com. I would love to help you!
  10. May 30th, 2012 at 7:16 pm
    Christy REcinella says:
    I cannot get the link to print and cannot click on it on the website:( I really want to print this for my daughter to begin ASAP!!! Thanks so much for all the cute stuff.
    • June 6th, 2012 at 4:04 pm
      Caley says:
      Hi Christy, if you are still having issues accessing the printables, send me an email at caley @ howdoesshe.com. I would love to try and help you!
  11. May 31st, 2012 at 7:26 pm
    Emily says:
    I don't know how I missed these printables in my inbox!! I really would love to have them. Could you please email them again to me? [email protected] Thanks!!
    • June 6th, 2012 at 4:04 pm
      Caley says:
      Hi Emily, I just sent you an email! ;)
  12. May 31st, 2012 at 8:35 pm
    Rebecca says:
    I would really love these, but I'm not sure where they have gone in my inbox. Please email them to me. [email protected]
    • June 6th, 2012 at 4:05 pm
      Caley says:
      Hi Rebecca, I just sent them to your inbox! Hope you love them!
      • April 29th, 2014 at 10:10 am
        Megan says:
        I would love these printables, but cannot figure out how to print them.
  13. June 5th, 2012 at 5:59 pm
    Zayna says:
    I can’t get to the link. I would love to print these. I have been a subscriber for a while now.. HELP!! [email protected]
    • June 6th, 2012 at 4:05 pm
      Caley says:
      Hi Zayna, I just emailed you! ;)
  14. June 6th, 2012 at 3:58 pm
    Caley says:
    If you are having issues accessing the printables, please email me at caley @ howdoesshe.com. We don't want anyone to miss out! Thanks!
  15. June 8th, 2012 at 5:49 am
    Patricia says:
    What an absolutely gorgeous post, printables, photographs, everything!! I love the bingo game and my son will love it too, I'm sure. He just loves games!! I'm looking forward to trying these with him this summer. Thanks so much for sharing :-)
  16. June 9th, 2012 at 3:25 pm
    Amie Jo says:
    I don't know what is wrong with me but I can't find where I am supposed to print the reading bingo peintables. I clicked on the link that took me to thw whole collection only the new reading bingo ones are not in there... please help me.. C:
  17. June 12th, 2012 at 2:05 pm
    Angela O says:
    Thank you--these are wonderful! Does anybody have any ideas on how to manage when one child gets a golden ticket but another doesn't (or is farther behind in earning it)? I can't really take one child out for his reward but leave the others at home with a sitter (not feasible for our budget). Thanks for any ideas.
  18. June 12th, 2012 at 4:42 pm
    Emily @ ReMarkable Home says:
    LOVE LOVE LOVE! I am totally doing this with my boys this summer. I was wondering if there's anyway you could provide a blank bingo board so we could write in some other ideas of places to read that fit our environment? That would be awesome if you could!
    Thanks for the free printables!!
  19. June 12th, 2012 at 9:29 pm
    queenbee says:
    I want to do this for my grandkids! I couldn't figure out how to download because it just keeps popping up subscribed. HELP as my little kiddos are so excited to start.
  20. June 18th, 2012 at 3:59 pm
    Michelle says:
    Can you please resend the Chickabug Summer reading Star free printable?? I am a subscriber but I don't ever remember seeing this one and I would definitely like to print it!
  21. August 9th, 2012 at 10:35 pm
    Shelley says:
    Just approve the email subscription (in your email box) and you will have access to all of our exclusive printables. :) Enjoy!
  22. September 4th, 2012 at 3:19 pm
    Allie Hinkley says:
    I would like to be ablr to print the reading bingo can you forward me the info to print?

    • September 4th, 2012 at 6:15 pm
      Caley says:
      Hi, I just emailed you the link. Enjoy!
  23. April 12th, 2013 at 3:08 pm
    Rachael says:
    I love these printable reading incentives but I can't seem to work out how to print them. Help, please!
  24. April 29th, 2013 at 2:27 pm
    Tiffany E. says:
    I can't seem to find the email from you, but I am subscribed. Is there anyway to get another one sent? Thanks! This is such a cute idea!
  25. May 1st, 2013 at 9:19 pm
    joanna waddoups says:
    We have to read chicka chicka boom boom every night(at least) to our 2 year old its her favorite book and we have been caught saying chicka chicka boom boom outside the book .. or her favorite part -OH NO!!
  26. May 2nd, 2013 at 4:25 am
    Sharon @ Life After Empty Nest says:
    As a reading teacher this is AMAZING!! I Love This!! Thanks for creating such a fun way to encourage summer reading!!
  27. May 3rd, 2013 at 4:43 am
    Lesley says:
    Would it be okay to include a set of these in a reading basket my son's school is raffling off during the spring fair? I think it old be an we some addition but since it wasn't personal use I wanted to check with you first. Thanks!
    • May 8th, 2013 at 7:43 pm
      Missy says:
      Sure! - we like helping schools! :)
  28. May 5th, 2013 at 3:14 pm
    Jennifer says:
    Do you print these on regular paper or some type of card stock?
  29. May 12th, 2013 at 10:46 pm
    Amy D. says:
    Congratulations! I have featured your post on my blog in my favorite free printables for summer post. Please stop by to grab the "I've Been Featured" button and display it proudly on your blog. Thanks for sharing! http://bestlifemistake.blogspot.com/2013/05/my-favorite-free-summer-printables.html
  30. May 13th, 2013 at 10:59 pm
    Jen says:
    I would love to print these out, but can't get the link to work. I've subscribed to the site. You've got lots of great ideas!
  31. May 13th, 2013 at 11:01 pm
    Jen says:
    I would love to print these out, but can't get the link to work. I've subscribed to the site. You've got lots of great ideas! Thanks!
  32. May 21st, 2013 at 9:33 am
    Angela Decker says:
    I'm the catalog designer for a publishing company. I'm working on our summer issue now. We like to include "content" pages with craft ideas. May I have your permission to use some of these pictures? We like the summer reading program but would like to direct our subscribers to yours instead of making our own. We found it on Pinterest and repined it to one of our boards. The summer catalog will be online and we hope to get it up June 1, so if you could reply this week that would be great.

    Thank you,
    Angela Decker
    Catalog designer for Books & Things: Especially for Families (owned by Cedar Fort Publishing)

    Angela Decker
    Cedar Fort, Inc. | Catalog Designer
    [email protected]

    • May 21st, 2013 at 10:18 am
      Shelley says:
      Absolutely! :) Thanks for linking to us. If you have other questions feel free to email: [email protected]
  33. May 21st, 2013 at 7:19 pm
    lauren says:
    I am having trouble getting the link for the summer reading printables!!! They are so cute!
  34. May 22nd, 2013 at 5:10 am
    Paula Lambert says:
    Got it figured out. I saw it at the bottom of the e-mail. Thanks!!!!
  35. May 22nd, 2013 at 10:29 am
    Heather Staten says:
    I love this, but I cant find the link to download it. I am already a subscriber. Please Help!!!
  36. May 22nd, 2013 at 9:03 pm
    Amber W says:
    I love this idea! I would love to print and use it but I can't get it to download.
  37. May 23rd, 2013 at 3:31 pm
    lauren says:
    i can't seem to get the summer reading printables to download. Any ideas?
  38. May 24th, 2013 at 6:27 pm
    Angela O says:
    Hi, I used this last summer and we loved it! My children are begging to do it again. But I cannot find a link to download and have deleted the original email I suppose. Please help, as school is ending soon and we want to start this ASAP!
  39. May 24th, 2013 at 9:10 pm
    Karri says:
    Hi! I would love to print these off for my two girls this summer but I am already a subscriber and I can't seem to get access to the free printables. Do I need to unsubscribe and re-subscribe again? Thanks for you help!
  40. May 30th, 2013 at 4:07 pm
    Kimberly T. says:
    Thank you! This is so fun and colorful it will be great to keep my kids motivated.
  41. June 6th, 2013 at 10:09 pm
    Lena says:
    I'd love to have access to the summer reading printables; I'm a subscriber but not sure how to print these. Thanks!
  42. June 12th, 2013 at 4:56 am
    Jennifer says:
    I'm not able to get the Summer Star/Bingo reading packet to print. Would you be able to email this to me? Enjoy your day!
  43. August 29th, 2013 at 7:49 pm
    Kerri says:
    As a librarian, I love this idea! However, please please please...parents for the safety of the books....don't let your kids read in the bathtub....unless it isn't full! Many a favorite book (or library book) has been lost this way!
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  45. March 7th, 2014 at 9:09 pm
    belinda says:
    I am having trouble downloading the summer reading kit material. It is so cute! Can you help?
  46. April 20th, 2014 at 12:13 pm
    Katie says:
    Seems like the links to the printables is broken. I'd love to print these out but can't. Please let me know what to do. [email protected]
  47. April 28th, 2014 at 8:15 pm
    Jill says:
    I'd love to print this but the link doesn't work. Can you help me out?
  48. April 30th, 2014 at 8:51 am
    Megan says:
    I am unable to find the link to print the summer reading printables. I'm a reading specialist at an elementary school, and my students will love these! Please advise. Thanks!
  49. May 9th, 2014 at 9:38 pm
    Shauntel says:
    I got it never mind thank you so much!!!
  50. May 14th, 2014 at 8:35 am
    Julie says:
    I love this printable! It is perfect for my 10 yr. old daughter. She reads one year above her grade level but doesn't like to read! Thank you so much!!!
  51. May 22nd, 2014 at 3:04 pm
    Liz says:
    I would love to know what type of printer is used for these items? I love the vibrant colors and I am thinking I need to start shopping for a new printer! :)
    • May 22nd, 2014 at 11:00 pm
      Shelley says:
      I just have a plain ole canon pixma. :) Hope that helps.
  52. May 23rd, 2014 at 8:08 am
    Crissy says:
    Is there a blank version of the bingo board or does anyone have an easy tip for making a blank version? This one is great but I'd love to customize it a bit more for my daughter (she gets sick reading in the car, so swapping that out with something else. I have more trouble getting her to read on weekends so including a "Read On Saturday" "Read on Sunday", etc.). Also, when this one is all filled up, it would be great to have a whole new bingo board for her to work on. Thanks for any help.
    • June 1st, 2014 at 9:11 pm
      Shannon Standfield says:
      Oh yes, I would love blank bingo board - if it is available! I would like to create a Mommy one for the things I need to get done this summer ;)
  53. July 30th, 2014 at 1:36 pm
    Lenny says:
    This worked so AWESOME with my boys!!! Is there a blank pdf version that I can use? Thank you so much =)!!!!
  54. August 10th, 2014 at 8:21 pm
    andrea says:
    How do I print your summer reading bingo game?
    • August 11th, 2014 at 10:23 am
      Katie Olsen says:
      On our blog there is a link to subscribe to our emails. After you do that you'll receive an email with the link and the password. If you still have questions after doing that drop me note at [email protected] and I'll get you taken care of! Thanks!
  55. September 11th, 2014 at 4:21 am
    Trish says:
    I have been trying to download the summer reading star printables, but can't seem to do it. Please help! Thanks!
    • September 11th, 2014 at 2:29 pm
      Katie says:
      Hi check your email soon, link will be on its way! Thanks!
  56. September 12th, 2014 at 4:50 pm
    Jenna says:
    I am trying to download the summer reading printables or bingo cards... how do i do that? and how can i change it to take out summer?
    • September 12th, 2014 at 8:31 pm
      Katie says:
      I'll send instructions to your email. Thanks!
  57. May 29th, 2015 at 5:53 pm
    Donna says:
    I love the summer reading star printables. I just subscribed. Will I (or can I) get those printables emailed to me?

    • May 29th, 2015 at 6:43 pm
      Katie says:
      Check your email, I'll send instructions thanks!
  58. May 30th, 2015 at 1:24 pm
    lisa says:
    i would love to do this for my kids this summer, can you please send me the printables?
    • June 1st, 2015 at 9:42 am
      Katie says:
      Hi I was able to get you subscribed. Watch for an email confirmation coming as well as all the info you'll need to access the free printables. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks so much for your support!
  59. June 3rd, 2015 at 12:42 pm
    Tiffany D says:
    I am having a hard time getting the bingo printables as well.
    • June 3rd, 2015 at 1:28 pm
      Katie says:
      Check your email soon, I'll send instructions. Thanks!
  60. June 4th, 2015 at 1:56 pm
    Kelley Kimbrough says:
    Any way you could send me the link to the reading bingo program? I tried to subscribe and it said the mailing list isn't active. [email protected]
    • June 5th, 2015 at 7:43 pm
      Katie says:
      Hi Kelley- watch your email soon for a subscription confirmation. Thanks!
  61. June 8th, 2015 at 5:04 am
    Amy says:
    I tried to sign up for the free reading star printable, but I received a message that this was no longer an active account.
    • June 10th, 2015 at 12:19 am
      Katie says:
      Oh dear so sorry! I was able to get you subscribed tonight. Let me know if you run into any more glitches! Thanks!
  62. June 15th, 2015 at 3:12 pm
    Wendy Kobelka says:
    This is a great way to motivate readers during the summer! I would love the links to print these.
    • June 15th, 2015 at 4:28 pm
      Katie says:
      Check your email for subscription information. Thanks so much!
  63. June 16th, 2015 at 12:14 pm
    Gelavij says:
    As many others have experienced, I'm not able to print these. Could you please send me the link? Much appreciated!
    • June 17th, 2015 at 10:27 am
      Katie says:
      Hi! I was able to get you subscribed. Watch for details coming soon with the link and password to all the printables. Thanks so much!
  64. June 17th, 2015 at 7:35 am
    Sue says:
    I also was trying to sign up for the summer reading printables,, but I received a message that this was no longer an active account.
    • June 17th, 2015 at 10:21 am
      Katie says:
      Ah sorry about that! I was able to get you subscribed. Watch for more info coming. Thanks!
  65. June 17th, 2015 at 2:01 pm
    Amanda N says:
    I love these so much!! unfortunately; I can't figure out how to get the printables to print them out :-/
    • June 17th, 2015 at 4:07 pm
      Katie says:
      Hi Amanda! I was able to get you subscribed. You'll be getting info soon with the link and the password to the printables. Thanks so much!
  66. June 28th, 2015 at 7:51 am
    marcia says:
    I cannot find a download for the summer reading bingo
    • June 29th, 2015 at 3:37 pm
      Katie says:
      Hi Marcia! I was able to get you subscribed for the newsletters. Watch for those coming soon. In those you'll find the link and password to all the printables, including the summer reading bingo. Thanks for your support!
  67. July 23rd, 2015 at 8:30 pm
    Clauwy says:
    Already signed up but no email received from you yet :(
    • July 25th, 2015 at 12:13 pm
      Katie says:
      Check your email, I just sent you the info. Thanks!
  68. July 23rd, 2015 at 8:40 pm
    Clauwy says:
    I really love it! Please send me the printable coupons to my email. I need it badly! Thank you! :) [email protected]
    • July 25th, 2015 at 12:13 pm
      Katie says:
      Just got you an email sent off. Thanks!
      • August 20th, 2015 at 11:33 am
        Bianca H says:
        I can’t get to the link. I would love to print these. I have been a subscriber for a while now.. HELP..
        • August 20th, 2015 at 2:25 pm
          Katie says:
          Check your email. Help is on it's way! Thanks for your support!
  69. July 29th, 2015 at 3:42 pm
    Clare says:
    Hi there
    Would love the summer reading printable but can't seem to subscribe to your mailing list. Please help me!!
    • July 29th, 2015 at 6:18 pm
      Katie says:
      So sorry about that! Watch your email for more details. Thank you!
  70. September 29th, 2015 at 11:13 am
    Becca says:
    Hi! These reading printable are adorable and may be just what I need to help motivate my daughter! I can't seem to get the link to work either though...any chance I could get a direct email? Thank you so much!

    Becca :)
    • September 29th, 2015 at 11:32 am
      Katie says:
      Watch for an email coming soon with all the details. Thanks for your support!
  71. October 7th, 2015 at 12:58 am
    Winnie says:
    Hi, I don't seems to be able to subscribe, can you add me onto your mailing list please! MANY THANKS! So glad I found your site........

    I can;t wait to download your summer reading star kit and start it with my kids
    • October 7th, 2015 at 10:11 am
      Katie says:
      I was able to get you subscribed. Watch for an email coming soon! Thank you!
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