CommonLit CommonLit’s 2022 Summer Reading Challenge

CommonLit’s Summer Reading Challenge is back for Summer 2022! Families can choose from reading lists full of engaging stories.

CommonLit’s Summer Reading Challenge is back for Summer 2022 with reading lists full of engaging stories for children to read on their own or with family members. In summer 2020, we started the CommonLit Summer Reading Challenge to help hundreds of families address learning loss due to COVID-19 and spend quality time reading together. The reading challenge is all online and completely free — we hope you’ll join and read with us!

This blog post will provide all of the details for the Summer Reading Challenge.

The Challenge

CommonLit’s Summer Reading Challenge will provide participating families and their children with free, high-interest reading lists curated by our team of former teachers. After an extremely tough school year, we wanted to provide students with stories that are inspiring and fun to read. Families can choose from 12 different reading lists (see below) and can easily access each reading passage on

List of Middle School texts for the Summer Reading Challenge
Sample reading list for Middle School. Reading lists are available for Elementary, Middle, and High School students.

The Reading Lists

We have created reading lists for elementary school, middle school, and high school students. By clicking the links below, you can access all of the reading materials your family needs.

Elementary Reading Lists

  • Sports
  • Science!
  • Animals

Middle School Reading Lists

  • Folktales and Fables
  • African American Heroes
  • Teen Heroes
  • Cultural Icons
  • Protecting Our Environment
  • Family & Friendship

High School Reading Lists

  • Amazing Women
  • Why Do People Do Bad Things?
  • Building Community

Getting started

Accessing CommonLit’s summer reading texts is easy once you have selected your reading list. Just make sure you are logged into your parent account on (if you don’t have a parent account on CommonLit, sign up for one for free here).

All you have to do is click on the link of the text you want to read and it will open on From there, you can read along with your child or have them read independently.

Setting goals and keeping the conversation going

When you begin the reading challenge with your children, it is helpful to come up with a plan for when you will read and for how long. We recommend setting aside time every week for reading a CommonLit text.

For some readers, having a scheduled time to read each day can serve as a helpful routine. While building reading habits helps children stay on track, the most important thing is that they are reading and enjoying it as often as possible. Work with your child to create a plan that feels exciting and attainable for them.

Beyond celebrating progress, be sure to keep the conversation going with your children. Spending time as a family to discuss the reading passages your children are reading encourages them to learn more about a topic or think more deeply about the moral of a story. Below are a few questions or prompts you can ask your children throughout the challenge:

Nonfiction reading passage

  • Tell me what this text was about.
  • Did you learn anything that surprised you?
  • Is there anything you would like to know more about?
  • Did you enjoy reading about this topic?

Fiction reading passage

  • Tell me what this story was about.
  • Did any of the characters do anything that surprised you?
  • What questions do you have about the story?
  • Was there a character in the story that you liked? Why or why not?

If you are looking for more questions that are specific to the CommonLit reading passage that your child has read, you can also use our Discussion Questions. These Discussion Questions often connect the story/article to the world around us and are a great place to start a discussion after your child reads a passage.

Celebrate your child’s success with a certificate

When your child has successfully completed their reading list(s), we encourage you to download this certificate and fill it out together. You can also show this certificate of completion to your child’s teacher at the beginning of the SY22–23 school year. See an example of our certificate below:

Summer Reading Challenge certificate of completion
Sample certificate of completion

We hope your family enjoys reading these stories this summer! If you have any questions while reading with your children, you can reach our Support Team at