Free Reading Log Printable (5 Templates for Kids)

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Keeping track of your child’s reading progress is essential, and a reading log printable can be a helpful tool.

A book reading log is a great way to encourage a good reading habit in children. Fostering a love for books and helping them develop essential literacy skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.

These free homeschool printables provide a fun selection of reading log templates to cater to children’s individual preferences and reading styles.


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What is a reading log?

A reading log for children is like a special journal where they can keep track of the books they read. It helps them remember the books they’ve enjoyed and how much they’ve read.

There are lots of different types of reading logs from just counting the number of books read, to reviewing each book read.

Included in this free reading log printable you will receive 5 different templates, perfect for older children, and even adults.

A reading log is a fun way for kids to keep a record of their reading adventures. Plus, it can be a great way for parents and teachers to encourage and celebrate their reading progress!

Why use a reading tracker?

Here are a few key reasons why utilizing a reading log can make a significant difference in a child’s reading journey:

  1. Accountability: A reading log instills a sense of responsibility in young readers. It encourages them to set reading goals and meet them, promoting a healthy reading routine.
  2. Comprehension and Retention: Keeping a log encourages kids to reflect on what they’ve read. They can jot down summaries or their thoughts about the story, improving their comprehension and retention of the material.
  3. Progress Tracking: The reading log acts as a visual representation of a child’s reading journey. They can see how much they’ve read over time, which is motivating and provides a sense of accomplishment.
  4. Parental Involvement: Parents can use the reading log to understand their child’s reading preferences and habits, which in turn allows them to offer better book recommendations and support their child’s literary interests.
  5. Goal Setting: The templates provided in our printable offer space for setting goals. This skill is crucial for children as it encourages them to challenge themselves and strive for improvement.
  6. Customization: Our printable provides a variety of templates, ensuring that children can choose the one that resonates with them the most.

Homeschool reading log printable

It is always sensible, whether mandated or not, to keep track of all of the books your homeschooler has read throughout the year.

But as my son gets older I want him to be more independent. So rather than me filling it out, when he has finished reading a book he completes one of these reading trackers.

We use a lot of literature based homeschooling, so he gets through a lot of books! But we include them all.

This year he has decided to use the reading tracker, as it has the numbers included for him. But he uses one for history, one for science, one for language arts, and one for free reading.

When the reading tracker has been filled in, I add it to his homeschool portfolio.

How to use a printable reading log for kids?

These free printable book trackers are free to print but are for classroom or personal use only. Scroll to the bottom of the page to get the pdf file.

These are great for kids in 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, middle school, and even high school students.

Print out the reading log templates below, it will print out on 5 pages. Make sure to check the printer settings. Either print them all out or just print out the ones you want to use.

You can of course print this on normal printer paper, but with all of our free homeschool printables, they always look better on cardstock.

You will also enjoy our free printable summer reading log!

Reading tracker printable

This consists of 2 piles of books with numbers 1-30. When each book has been completed they can color in the next book in the pile. This is a very visual way for you and the kids to see how many books they have read in the month or year.

Depending on the reason for using this reading log, there is an additional sheet where the children can write down the books read.

We use this as we homeschool, but if you are using it just to see how many books the children have read in a time period then they don’t need to.


Bookshelf reading log

The bookshelf tracker is my favorite as it is prettier. But you can let the children decide which to use. Again it works in a similar way as the previous one, when a book has been read the kids can color in a new book on the bookshelf.

But before they start reading the bookshelf, vase, flowers, cactus, and lamp can also be colored in.

I like to use this one too, as one of my New Year’s resolutions is to read a book a month. So this is a perfect way to see if I am on track.


Book review log

The book review printable is an excellent way to read a book and then rank it out of 5. There are 9 books on the page with enough space to write the book title.

If the children don’t write too small they can always number each of the books and write the name of the book on the book title worksheet.


Younger children can use the free 3rd grade book report template!

Free printable book tracker

Color in a book each time you read a book, and count how many books they have read in a month, or over the summer break.

There is enough space on each of the books for the children to either add a book title to the book or add a drawing. Either way, it is a very visual way to count the number of books read in a certain time frame.


The kids will love playing our summer reading bingo printable too!

Reading log

The last page is the list of titles of the books. We incorporate this one with all of the trackers as we homeschool, and it will be added to the portfolio.

But this doesn’t need to be printed if you don’t need to keep track of the books.

If you are looking for a digital book log we really love this one for both adults and kids.

Have fun with our free compare and contrast movie and book template.

Favorite kids books

Encourage the kids to read with some of the best books for kids:

Tips for downloading the free files

Below you will see a large sign-up box where you need to add your name and email address, and press I NEED THIS NOW!

Within minutes you will be sent the free PDF directly to your email address, so you can print it out and start using it immediately.

Sometimes emails get a little wonky, so if you can’t see it, please check your spam folder where I am sure it is hiding.

Download the free printable reading logs

Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our free printables for kids work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)

Last Updated on 5 June 2024 by Clare Brown

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