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Free printable Reading Logs to help foster a love for reading

by | Sep 8, 2021 | Free Educational Printables, Reading | 2 comments

Emma Cox said it best…

“Reading is the most powerful gift we can give a child: it puts stardust in their imaginations.”

Reading does exactly that, and so much more. It helps us build a better future for ourselves as well as those around us. That’s why as parents, we need to start cultivating a love for literacy early on. So, in celebration of International Literacy Day we’re sharing a selection of Eliana and Lia’s current top reads. As well as FREE printable reading logs – to keep the kids inspired and motivated to foster their own love for reading.

*Please note even though the girls’ selection features Akrikaans books, a lot of these are available in English too.

Eliana’s top 5

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  1. HONDMAN – Dav Pilkey (A.k.a Dog Man) There’s a new police officer on the scene! It’s Hondman, crime-biting canine who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO! When Ben the police dog and his cop companion are injured, a surgery changes the course of history, and Hondman is born. With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound has a real nose for justice. But can he resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty? Written as a graphic novel (comic book style) – both HONDMAN stories are exciting reads jampacked full of laughs and interesting illustrations. Eliana gives HONDMAN a 5 out of 5.
  2. DIE SEEROWERS en die Spookskip – Jonny Duddle, Kobus Geldenhuys (Aka The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon) AHOY THERE SHIPMATES! More exciting adventure stories for young readers in Afrikaans! Join Basjan, Matilda and the Van der Branders as they sail the seven seas in search of adventure, pirate loot and bewitched treasure. Help them solve the mysterious robberies of Grootgaapbaai in these two swashbuckling, piratey adventures. The books are easy to read and contain loads of fun illustrations to bring the story alive. Another 5 out of 5 from Eliana. Look out for the 2nd translation, DIE SEEROWERS en die Grot van Goud (a.k.a. The Jolley-Rogers and the Cave of Doom).
  3. SPEURHOND WILLEM – Elizabeth Wasserman (Only available in Afrikaans) Willem is a world famous “dogtective”. But a few years ago after a failed mission Willem ended up at the SPCA in Cape Town. That’s where Adriaan and his family adopted this cute black and white spaniel. The omnibus contains their first three missions: to Istanbul, Paris and London, a pirate adventure on a cruise ship and their bushveld holiday that turned into a race against rhino poachers out on the prowl. In the next 2 adventures Willem and Adriaan travel to Scotland to help commissioner Servin with a bothersome bagpipe-playing ghost at his castle near Edinburgh. Then in the other, Willem goes missing! Adriaan does some digging and finds Sherlock, Willem’s son, had been working as a dogtective in Australia, where he had supposedly turned to working with a notorious gang of smugglers. Omnibus 2 is top of Eliana’s “want list” and includes traveling to the International Space Station, New York and Namibia. The combination of travel and mystery these books hold has Eliana hooked!
  4. Die KIES-JOU-AVONTUUR reeks – De Wet Hugo, Johann Strauss (Only available in Afrikaans)’n Kies-jou-eie-avontuur-storie propvol naelbyt-aksie! Appropriate for older readers. This series builds on fantacy scenarios with a multitude of outcomes. Read each story over and over again making different page choices when asked. These books make reading an exciting, interactive experience with the reader taking on the role of co-author. There’s no other series like it!
  5. DIE STOUTSTE KLAS OP AARDE – Joanna Nadin, Kobus Geldenhuys (A.k.a The Worst Class in the World). According to the principal, 4B is the worst class in the world. She says school is not about footling or fiddle-faddling or fun. It is about learning and it’s high time 4B tried harder to excel at it. But Alex and Manjit didn’t mean to make their whole class sick with homemade biscuits. You see, 4B may be the worst class in the world, but you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else… Another read that had Eliana laughing out loud!
Where to buy:
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Lia’s top 3

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  1. MOET NOOIT VIR ‘n T-REX ‘N BOEK WYS NIE – Jaco Jacobs, Rashmi Sirdeshpande Ever wondered what would happen if you showed a T-Rex a book? What would she do with it? Maybe she’d eat it, wear it as a hat or even use it for a pillow. BUT, what if she reads it? Maybe it would inspire her to become an artist, a doctor, a scientist or even PRESIDENT! This story reminds us of the incredible world reading opens up to us but in a fun, laughing manner. Jaco Jacobs translated this already loved story (Never show a T-Rex a Book) perfectly and we appreciate that the T-Rex and main character in a dinosaur story turns out to be girls for a change.
  2. Die TJOPPIE Reeks – Liz de Villiers, Vian Oelofsen (Only available in Afrikaans)’Tjoppie is a curious pup and was one of Lia’s favourite stories even before she could read. Now she enjoys rediscovering her preschool love as she reads about Tjoppies’ birthday celebrations, meeting the twins –  Flapsie en Flopsie, Warrie the garden worm and dealing with a misquito while making a new friend. These stories are sweet, the font easy to read and the illustrations clear and happy. It’s the perfect read for 1st timers.
  3. Die TIPPIE reeks – Jose Palmer & Reinette Lombard Learning to read is super easy with Tippie the elephant. With level 1,2 and 3 books – designed to build on oneanother. Tippie introduces little ones to sightword, 1st sounds and phonic combinations. The stories are short and sweet and easy to follow written to encourage inferencing and problem solving through the stories and illustrations to enhance the reader’s skills and fun! Each level consists of 10 books sure to help build reading confidence!
Where to buy:
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Now for the Free Printable Reading Logs!

  • The 1st is something easy for 1st-time readers. Simply colour in a book each time you’ve finished reading one. The “star spots” can be used as a special milestone. Consider rewarding your little one when they reach these – just for extra motivation.
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  • Reading log two is the same as the 1st but includes more books to colour and “star spots” for every 10th book finished. This would be perfect for eager little readers.
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  • The 3rd reading log is more traditional. Our 9-year-old enjoys using it. Now it’s easy to keep a record of books read. The star rating column also helps your little one evaluate if they enjoyed what was read. We reward our girls for reaching the halfway mark as well as the end.
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  • Lastly, we added a little reading log bookmark. Something to keep close and help keep track of how many books you’ve read this year. Colour-in one dot for every completed read. TOP TIP: Make the bookmarks double-sided adding a name to the front and the date to the back. I couldn’t resist making one for myself too and I can’t wait to start colouring the dots!
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Download your FREE Printable Reading Logs & Bookmarks HERE.

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don’t forget to read along too…

Recent studies from Nielsen found that 45% of 0–2-year-olds are read to daily or nearly every day. That number increases to 58% of 3 to 4-year olds. By the time children reach 5 to 7- years this figure drops to 44% – yet this is the MOST IMPORTANT time to be reading to our children.

According to research on children’s brain development, by 2-years-old a child’s brain is as active as an adult’s. By age 3 it is more than twice as active as an adult’s brain. Further, as cognitive processes develop rapidly in the first few years of life and by age 3, approximately 85% of the brain is developed. As such it is never too early to start reading to children and promote early development.

Prioritise storytime in your home. Make it a special moment every day or even just over the weekend and start collecting those memories together.

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For more great book suggestions and tips on how to raise readers, CLICK HERE.

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  1. Daleen

    So oulik!!

    • Mari-Louise

      Dankie baie liefste mamma. Hoop die kinders lees lekker


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