School holidays will hopefully give us lots more time for reading and we love this free downloadable Reading Passport from Scholastic to help us record our summer holiday reading adventures. Last year we pictorially recorded the books that we read during the holidays on our reading tree and this year my daughter is looking forward to recording the books she reads in her new passport.
We downloaded the cover of the passport onto card and the inner pages onto white paper. The pages are blank and as you finish a book you add a passport ‘stamp’ with details of the places that you have visited in your book. You can download the cover, the pages and the passport stamps from the Scholastic website. Children can personalise the back cover of their passport by adding a photo, name and age as well as the number of books that they plan to read. We made our passport into a book using wool threaded through holes along the fold so that we can add more pages if we need to.
My daughter has already added four stamps to her passport. She’s visited the palace with Chips from Don’t Chew the Royal Shoe, the jungle in Elmer On Stilts and the mountains in Elmer in the Snow.
She’s also been to Florida with Jody from Dolphin Diaries and she’s decided to stick her chapter book stamps on a different page to the picture books that she has read.
From a learning point of view I think that the reading passport is a great idea and it’s an activity that children from Early Years through to Key Stage Two can enjoy. As the child is recording the different places s/he has visited during their reading adventure s/he can also find the locations on a globe or in an atlas – unless s/he’s visited the lands at the top of The Faraway Tree or Diagon Alley!
We hope that you all enjoy your summer reading adventures. Thank you Scholastic for this great idea!