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The YUMMommy 100 Books Family Summer Reading Challenge



Reading.  It's always been one of my first loves, probably since I came out of the womb.  If you were to ask my mother what things she never saw me without, I have no doubt that her reply would be: "A notebook, a pen and a book."  Thankfully, my children have inherited my same love and adoration for the written word.  And this summer, we want to help you and your family do the same by asking you to join in The YUMMommy 100 Books Family Summer Reading Challenge!

Why Are We Challenging Your Family To Read?

It's simple.  Reading is important!  Regardless if you or child like to read or dread it like a visit to the dentist office, reading is a fundamental part of our everyday lives.  We are parents read our children's homework and school papers, we read road signs when we drive and many of us have to read on our jobs. For these reasons alone, we should show an interest in reading, but the most important reason by far for us to enjoy reading is to help our children become good readers.

Did you know that in many areas students now have to pass an end-of-the-year reading competency test?  Did you also know that some of those school districts are requiring children who do not or cannot read on or at their current grade level to repeat that same grade an additional year?  The fact of the matter is that schools are now requiring more from students than they did when we were school and definitely more than was required of our parents.  As Moo's principal put it at her kindergarten graduation, "Parents, you may have noticed that kindergarten is the new first grade." 



So depending on the teacher ALONE to teach your child everything he or she needs to know in my opinion would be doing your child (and yourself) a great disservice.  In fact, I'd go as far to say that to do so would be foolish.  We are our children's first teachers and our job to teach and instruct our children doesn't stop when they start school.  If nothing else, we need to be partnering with teachers and coming up with specific game plans on how to help our children continue to excel and reach their highest potential.  The key to helping them reach that potential is starting with reading.

How do you participate in the YUMMommy 100 Books Family Summer Reading Challenge?

Well, I'm glad you asked.  It's really quite easy.  All you and your family have to do is read 100 books in total between now and August 18th.  Now I know you may thinking that 100 books seems like a lot, but it's not.  Let's say your daughter reads one book, your son reads two books to you before bed and you finish that juicy crime mystery novel today, that counts as a total of four books read.  See how fast books can add up?!  100 books before the end of summer is totally doable!

I've even decided to help make it easy for you and family to keep up with how many and what books you've read.  Below are two printables.  The first is printable is graph with 100 blocks on it.  Simply coloring in a block each time you and family completely finish a book.  Don't forget that while reading individually is good, reading with your children or encouraging our older children to read with their younger siblings is better.  Plus, who can doesn't need more family bonding time.  And it's a great way to witness and keep track of your child's reading progress.

Just right click and save/print.

The second printable is a reading log.  Counting both the white and turquoise spaces, you can record 19 books on each reading log.  So print out two pages for each family member and get to reading!


Right click to save & print


Be sure to follow the #100Books hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to keep up with what the YUMMommy family will be reading.  Also, feel free snap pictures of you and your little ones reading and tag them using the hashtag as well!  Stop back by on Wednesday as I'll be sharing a list of books Moo and JJ will be reading this summer for our family reading challenge. (View the list here)

What's on your summer reading list?

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37 comments

  1. I am reading the 80/20 rules to help my business out then I am going to read Tina Campbell new book I can't wait to dive into it to see how she stayed with her husband after all he has done.

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    1. Yes, I'm super anxious to read Tina Campbell's new book. So many women have been and are currently in her shoes dealing with how to heal from infidelity in their marriage. I think it's brave of her to share her story.

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  2. I think this is a great idea and love that you are encouraging the whole family to read. Summertime is the perfect time to relax on a lazy afternoon and read. I might even take up your challenge! Thanks for sharing with us at #AnythingGoes link up

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    1. We're having a great time reading! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. So cool, we will definitely be reading this summer so this is great way to challenge myself and the kids!

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    1. Yay! And it's a great way to bond with the kids as well. Happy Reading!

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  4. I'm still a HH of one so I'll be adapting this challenge for myself. I'm slowly getting back into reading more and this summer will be the perfect opportunity to do so!

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    1. I agree summer is the perfect opportunity for reading. The days are longer and things just seem to slow down more in the warmer months. Thanks for joining in on the challenge!

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  5. This is AWESOME!! Thanks for sharing :)
    XOXO

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  6. What a great challenge! I think I may try it even though I have no kiddos running around. 100 books by myself will be quite the feat, but luckily I LOVE READING!

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  7. WOW, this might be exactly what I need to get back into the reading game!

    cominguprosestheblog.com

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  8. I love reading and am challenging myself to read more this summer -- not sure if I can quite reach 100 but I will definitely try.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

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  9. What a fantastic idea, and I'm loving that quote!

    x Sarah
    http://www.bohochiccafe.com

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    1. Thanks! I fell in love with Plato's quote the first time I read it.

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  10. This is such a good idea! I think that one of the reasons I love to read as an adult is that my parents read to me as a kid.

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    1. Same here! And I'm hoping to pass down my love of reading to my kids by bonding with them through reading together.

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  11. What a great challenge! I love reading as well but I've gotten a bit lazy/behind on my own goals. What a great reminder- thank you!

    Meghan,
    Southern Belle Secrets

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    1. You're welcome! Here's to hoping you get back on top of working hard toward reaching your goals. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. What a great idea! Love it
    xoxo
    Lauren Ashley
    www.thefashionistasdiary.com

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    1. I know right?! We're having a blast with it. We've read some pretty good books thus far.

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  13. I think that families should be encouraging their kids to read more. We had to look up stuff at the library to research or to read to get the information that is so readily available online. This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing your post at the #AnythingGoes Link Party.

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    1. Agreed! My kids will definitely be seeing a decrease in screen time. We're enriching our imaginations and going adventures via some really awesome books instead!

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  14. I think it's awesome that your children share your passion for reading and books. I'm definitely dedicating my summer to reading through a few titles starting off with Aliza Licht's Leave Your Mark.

    Happy Friday!
    Alexis
    alexis-reliford.com

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    1. I'll have to check out Aliza's book because I'm really into motivational books related to business, self-improvement or motherhood.

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  15. I love Plato's quote. And the Family reading challenge is so so perfect. I love this.

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    1. Family reading is awesome! I love reading with my kids and seeing their imaginations come to life because of a book.

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  16. Hi there just wanted to let you know that you were in my two top picks in this week's #AnythingGoes linkup so congratulations and hope to see you next week.

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    1. Yay! Thanks for letting me know. See you next week!

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  17. This is such a wonderful challenge! I love reading!! I don't have as much time now as I did when I was younger to read for fun, but I've already read a couple of books this summer that weren't school related and it was wonderful. :-)

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  18. I grew up with so much emphasis on reading. My Grandma would read aloud to me every night and I think I developed a love for reading because of her!

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  19. How neat! I used to read sooo much when I was younger. I would have LOVED this activity!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

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  20. I love this! My mom always has been a huge reading advocate and taught me to love it at such a young age! I thank her for my above average vocabulary!

    XOXO
    Marie H.
    Progression By Design

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  21. Thanks for sharing!!
    Xo, Claudia
    www.chroniclesofclaudia.com

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  22. What a great challenge! Even though summer is a great time to just relax with the kids, reading should always be a part of that! Good luck with the challenge!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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  23. Love it, I grew up with books all over my house and now I am trying to teach my kids the love of reading too.

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  24. Love this idea! I have a summer reading list and my babies do too. I wonder if they will equal up to 100 by summer's end. Either way, we accept the challenge!

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