Keeping a reading log improves your reading habits. You’ll start reading more often, and you will also find yourself looking for better books since you will be recording them in your book tracker.
There are many different printable reading logs below. Find the one you like best and print it.
Bullet Journal Book Tracker
Track the books you read with these free printable book reading tracker templates.
Book Journal “Books to Read”
Since the text is editable, you can either create a spread for the books you want to read or the books that you already read.
Creating a “books to read” spread sets your reading goals and puts them on paper. When you put your goals on paper, you are more likely to reach them. This is important for those who want to read, but life gets in the way sometimes. It makes reading a priority.
Favorite Quotes or Book Quotes
Keeping a book journal will encourage you to track your reading over time and keep a long-term book log. We offer a free DIY reading journal PDF. It has 17 pages, but you might not need to print some of them, and there might be other pages that you will want to print multiple copies of, such as the reading log printables.
Click here to open the free printable reading journal. You can also make your own DIY reading journal by printing any of the templates on this page. If you do that, you will be able to customize each printable, whereas if you print the PDF book journal, you will not be able to customize it. Once you have printed all the pages you want, insert them into a binder, or use a planner with removable pages.
Book Review Template
This book review template has space for one or two book reviews.
This reading log printable records the books you read and the author of each book. Select any reading log template and add a border or print a blank book log. You can also edit the text. If you want to keep track of your reading for an entire year then print multiple copies.
Free Reading Log PDF
You can download any of the printables above in PDF format for free. To do that, click on the button below and then select PDF.
We also offer reading quotes that you can use to make printable posters or add them to pages in your reading journal template.
Reading Log for Kids
You will find a number of templates to create a reading log for young readers. You can use these printables in the classroom or at home in an attempt to help kids develop a love of reading. There are reading logs with a summary, with the genre, rating, page numbers or the number of pages read, author of the book, and space for the parent’s signature. There are separate pages per grade level below.
If you give your students reading homework then you can have a family member or guardian sign to confirm that the child read the relevant section. Most of the templates have a place for a signature.
Summer reading log
Daily reading log
Weekly reading log
Benefits of Keeping a Reading Log
You can use a reading log for adults and for kids and they have benefits for both.
When you track the books you read, you will find that you read more. If you are looking to read more for literacy development or general enrichment, then set monthly or yearly reading goals. In the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey, the author explains that there is no better way to inform and expand your mind on a regular basis than to get into the habit of reading. Reading provides you with an opportunity to get into the best minds that are now or that have ever been in the world. Covey recommends starting with a goal of a book a month then a book every two weeks, then a book a week.
One of the best ways to develop children’s reading skills is to encourage consistent reading. Nightly reading is a great habit to form from a very young age. Try to get younger children to make reading a part of their daily schedule even if it is only a few minutes a day. If they develop this habit when they are young they are more likely to continue reading when they are older.
If you are using the reading logs in the classroom then you can get a large piece of construction paper and adhere each student’s log or put them on a bulletin board. This will help students read more since there will be healthy competition once everyone’s log is visible.
Remember what you read
When you keep track of the books, you read, you will remember what you read. I can’t tell you how many times I have started to read a book only to discover I had actually read it. My memory, unfortunately, isn’t what it used to be. Keep all old logs in a binder to have records of books read over time.
Remember if you enjoyed the book
You can add a rating system and rate each book from 1 to 5. This will help you when someone asks if you recommend a specific book. It will also probably increase the chance that you remember what you read.
Understand your reading habits
When you track your reading habits over time you will notice how they evolve. Often, we don’t realize that most of the books we read are similar and we can broaden our horizons.
Recognize your achievement
Reading many books is an achievement that you deserve to recognize. When your book log is long and you don’t keep a record of the books you read, you will not be able to create the list years from now.
If you want to give kids motivation to read then you can give them a prize when they complete their book log.
Encourage comprehension and reflection
If you use our book review template and write a few sentences about each book, it will force you to think about the book and what it meant to you. How did it make you feel, and what did you get from it? These are things that we think about when we try to summarize a book in a few sentences.