Read aloud the classic Knots on a Counting Rope (by Martin and Archabault, 1966) and discuss the importance of the knots the grandfather tied in the rope each time he told the story. In similar fashion, give a piece of twine to each child with instructions to tie a knot in the twine for each book read over the summer. Couple the long piece of twine with a book log (it does not need to be fancy) where they can record the titles and dates they read. Let the children know they are to return the knotted twine with the reading log during the first week of the new school year and you can reward as you see fit. This is an activity I loved to do when I taught elementary school years ago and I feel certain it will still have high appeal as nothing has changed…children sill enjoy being given the opportunity to read books of their choice and respond positively to accountability which continues to ensure they are engaged and growing readers!
You can listen and watch the classic here