According to research from the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™: 6th Edition, 80% of children ages 6–17 agree that summer reading will help them during the school year, yet, depending on age, as many as one in five kids do not read any books at all over the summer.
To encourage kids to stay motivated to read all summer break, Scholastic announced the opening of the 2018 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge™, a free, online and mobile-friendly summer reading program.
Students who are registered for the Challenge by an educator, public librarian, or community literacy partner can:
- Log their reading minutes to earn digital prizes when they complete weekly reading challenges and gain access to 18 reading activities, including games, quizzes, and videos based on the Harry Potter series;
- Access videos featuring popular children’s book authors reading aloud from their titles and illustrators bringing their characters to life;
- Use the new timer feature that acts as a stopwatch to track their personal reading time;
- Monitor their participating school, public library, or community literacy partner organization’s reading progress by using the interactive map.
In addition, the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge site offers free educational resources to educators, public librarians, community literacy partners, and families, including booklists for all ages in both English and Spanish, video content from literacy experts and authors, downloadable activities for group instruction or home use, as well as printable reading pledges, logs, and certificates.
This year’s Challenge also features dashboards that allow educators, public librarians, and community literacy partners to track their students’ reading minutes and print both individual and group reading reports.
After the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge closes on September 7th, the school in each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia with the most minutes read will be named “Best in State,” and the top 10 public libraries and top 10 community partner organizations with the most minutes read will receive an official Scholastic party kit that includes a commemorative plaque, congratulatory banner, and student certificates to celebrate their achievement. In addition, these top sites will be featured in the 2019 Scholastic Book of World Records.
Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip
This July launches the third year of the Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip. In an effort to promote reading for fun over the summer, two Scholastic-branded RVs will tour the country, hosting free, pop-up family reading festivals at bookstores and public libraries in 30 cities nationwide. Kids and families can visit the events and meet some of their favorite Scholastic authors and illustrators, join in on fun reading activities, win prizes, and more.
You can find a list of Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip locations and tour dates online at http://summerroadtrip.scholastic.com and follow all of the excitement on social media via #SummerReading.
To learn more about the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and the Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip visit: www.scholastic.com/summer.