August Summer Reading Hub: Activities, Reading Lists & Freebies

Posted on August 3, 2020

August is here but summer doesn’t have to end yet! We have more recommended reads, activities, and free downloads to keep the fun going. Don’t forget to complete the August Summer Giveaway Bonus Activity for a chance to win one of five Book Lover’s Prize Packs!


Activity: Coloring pages from God Made the Ocean by Sarah Jean Collins

Summer is the perfect time to delight your kids with the wonders of God’s creation! Even if going to the zoo or aquarium isn’t possible this year, kids can still enjoy the beauty and variety of the animal kingdom through books and hands-on activities. Read this excerpt from God’s Amazing Creation, then print out the ocean-inspired coloring pages below from God Made the Ocean for your kids to enjoy making colorful creations of their own!

Reading List:

God’s Amazing Creation (read an excerpt here)

God Made the Ocean

God Made the Rain Forest

The Beautiful Garden of Eden

(also available to redeem for points in the Reader Rewards store)

Free download: Coloring pages from God Made the Ocean by Sarah Jean Collins

Beluga Whale Coloring Page

Manatee Coloring Page

Angler Coloring Page


Activity: Coloring pages from Be Bold

The final weeks of summer can be challenging as teens try to enjoy their last few weeks before school starts, especially when this school year will likely look different from previous years. Before your students begin thinking about textbooks and homework, encourage them to de-stress and find peace through spending time with God in devotions and relaxing through whimsical activities like adult coloring books. Better yet, use books that combine devotions with coloring pages like Be Bold and All Things New.

Reading List:

Be Bold

The One Year Devos for Teens

Manga Messiah

The Deception

The Heartwood Crown

Free Download: Coloring pages for Teens

Be Still (Psalm 46:10)

Miracles (Matthew 19:26)



In August we observe We Love Memoirs Day, and what better way to celebrate than by reading a memoir—or better yet, by writing one of your own? For inspiration, watch one of these free videos from Your Story Matters as author Leslie Leyland Fields tells us how to write our stories and why it’s important to do so. Then, read one of the memoirs listed below!

Reading List:

Your Story Matters

The Minister’s Wife

What is a Girl Worth?



Still Waiting (Download the free book club discussion guide HERE)

Free Download: Phone Backgrounds from Still Waiting