Week 1 – Reading Record

Weekly DIY Idea: Decorate your Reading Record

Reading Record 2020

This year’s Reading Record includes space for you to draw and create whatever you’d like!

If you haven’t had a chance to pick up your reading record from your local library, ask your grown up to see if your library is handing them out. Or you can print the 11×17 print-at-home version here or the 8.5×11 simplified version here.

This tutorial is meant to share ideas for what you can do with your Reading Record this summer. And remember, these are just ideas and there are endless possibilities! We’d also love to see what you come up with so ask your grown ups to share your DIY reading records here and we’ll post them to our Instagram account @bcsummerreadingclub.


Gather different supplies like pens, markers, scissors, glue, a ruler, stamps, stickers, washi tape, label makers, old magazines, decorative paper (recycle things like old Valentine’s Day cards or colourful envelopes), and whatever else you’d like.

Inside Reading Record

With all this blank space you can do so many different things like tracking the books you’re reading or whatever you choose. You can use fun stickers, washi tape, or pictures from magazines to add some extra decorations to your pages.

Fun tip: Use emojis (like stickers or draw them yourself) to express what you felt when reading certain books

Fun tip: Cut out old decorative paper like recycled card envelopes or old holiday cards

You can also set up lists of your favourite reads this summer or even a list of recommendations for friends!

Fun tip: Try using a label maker and washi tape to add extra design to your page. And try to write in different funky ways to add contrast to your design.

Grab a Sharpie and a black pen and doodle the different thing you learned about this summer. Or you can track how many pages you read this summer in creative ways.

Fun tip: You can print off shape outlines and glue the paper into your reading record. This bookshelf was found while searching for “bookshelf reading tracker”.

Make a reading tracker that you fill in as you read more books throughout the summer. You can also use other fill in shapes like stars or leaves, etc. Or maybe you want to create a graph style tracker.

These are just a few ideas we came up, but the possibilities are endless! Track the different genres you read, doodle your favourite characters this summer, create a reading profile, reimagine book covers, add reviews/ratings to the books you read, there’s so many options. Don’t forget to share what you come up with over here.