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inchworms Children's summer reading challenge

Support your infant or young child’s budding love of books and reading with our Inchworms Summer Reading Challenge for ages 0-5.

What’s the challenge? The challenge is to join Cora the inchworm on an amazing animal adventure this summer and complete all 8 themed kits. Each kit includes activities based on the five practices of Every Child Ready to Read: talk, sing, read, write and play.

Some of the activities come with freebies to keep, like this one from our Amazing Animals kit: Put on the animal finger puppets included in your kit and make up your own story. Be sure to make animal sounds and match them to the animal! Other activities are things you can do without any extras like this one from our At the Zoo kit: Sing the alphabet song and clap once for each letter. Can you, with or without the help of your child, come up with an animal for each letter?

Have questions about our Children's Summer Reading Challenge? Take a look at our FAQ page.

small green striped worm with glasses and a blue bow on head

kit themes

colored vector image of a peacock on colorful background

Amazing Animals

June 14-20


Reserve this kit June 9-13

 

 

colored vector image of a cow on colorful background

Farm Friends

June 21-27


Reserve this kit June 16-20

 

 

colored vector image of a dog on colorful background

Pets

June 28-July 4


Reserve this kit June 23-27

 
 
colored vector image of a sea turtle on colorful background

Ocean Adventures

July 5-11


Reserve this kit June 30-July 4

 
 
vector illustration of a zebra on a colorful background

At the Zoo

July 12-18


Reserve this kit July 7-11

 
 
colored vector image of a nest with blue eggs on colorful background

Baby Animals

July 19-25


Reserve this kit July 14-18

 
 
colored vector image of a chameleon on colorful background

Rainforest

July 26-August 1


Reserve this kit July 21-25

 
 
colored vector image of a wolf on colorful background

Fairy Tails

August 2-8


Reserve this kit July 28-Aug 1

 
 
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