“Just like hockey players lose some of their skills if they stay off their skates and off the ice for three months, children who do not read in the summer lose two to three months of reading development”
—Dr. Richard Allington
- Kids Set a New World Record for Summer Reading with 176,438,473 Minutes Read
- Kids Read More Than 100 Million Minutes and Break the World Record for Summer Reading
- U.S. Governors and Governors’ Spouses Encourage Kids to Read Every Day as Scholastic Summer Challenge "Reading Ambassadors"
- Everyone’s a Winner This Summer: Kids Read, Parents Get a Free Kids eBook, Top School Gets a Visit from Dav Pilkey
- Students Compete in the Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge to Set a New World Record in Reading, Keep Skills Sharp all Summer
- Now in its seventh year, the Scholastic Summer Challenge invites kids to log the minutes they spend reading as they Read for the World Record. The 20 schools with the most minutes logged will receive recognition in the 2014 Scholastic Book of World Records and the top school will win a school visit from Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants series. In 2012, kids logged 95,859,491 minutes. You can learn about the 2012 Top 20 schools here.
- Educators can pre-register their class for the 2013 Scholastic Summer Challenge beginning April 8
- Students can log their minutes starting on May 6 when the Scholastic Summer Challenge launches
- The Scholastic Summer Challenge has something for everyone!
- Log minutes and help set a new world record for summer reading
- The school that logs the most minutes wins a classroom visit from Captian Underpants author Dav Pilkey
- Participate in weekly challenges and earn digital rewards by spinning the virtual prize wheel
- Enter sweepstakes to win fabulous prizes
- Read around the world and track your minutes with a new reading meter
- Track students' reading progress throughout the summer through our Teacher Dashboard which also allows for bulk registration for the entire class. (NEW: teachers can now easily upload their class list)
- Email or print a take-home letter to let parents know students are signed up for the Summer Challenge
- New online calendar on Scholastic Teachers Facebook page with free daily tips, events, and information to get your students ready for summer reading
- Download summer reading book lists that include Common Core suggested titles
- Find free resources to incorporate the Summer Challenge into lesson plans in various ways including tailored activity sheets
- Enter sweepstakes and gain access to exclusive promotions at the Teacher Store Online
- The top 20 schools that log the most minutes get featured in the 2014 Scholastic Book of World Records. #1 school wins a visit from author Dav Pilkey!
- The top school in every state will receive a "Reading Plaque" to display at school
- Discover ways to use the Summer Challenge at home with free resources including:
- Summer reading book lists
- Expert tips to encourage your child to read more this summer
- Printable activity sheets, reading certificates and more
- Receive email alerts on your child’s weekly reading success
- FREE Storia ebook available to every child who signs up
- New online calendar on Scholastic Parents Facebook page with free daily tips, events and information to keep your kids reading
- New daily content on the Scholastic Reading Timer app
- As part of the Summer Challenge, Governors’ Spouses from across the nation are serving as “Reading Ambassadors” to help spread the important message about reading books over the summer. This is the fifth year the First Spouses are supporting this cause. For more on the Reading Ambassadors program, click here.
- For the fourth year in a row, WordGirl™ will serve as the national “Ambassador of Summer Reading.” WordGirl has adopted summer reading as her cause to encourage kids to continue reading over the summer, because reading helps children learn new words, and learning new words helps children become better readers.
- Summer Challenge Reading Facts
- Summer Challenge Overview
- The Scholastic Summer Challenge logo (JPG)
- The Scholastic Summer Challenge logo in Spanish (JPG)
- Summer Challenge Book list: Age 3-5
- Summer Challenge Book list: Age 5-7
- Summer Challenge Book list: Age 8-10
- Summer Challenge Book list: Age 10-12
- Summer Challenge Book list: Young Adult
- Summer Challenge Book list: Full list
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Word Girl: Read Four or More Books This Summer
WordGirl: Build Your Word Power, Become a Better Reader
Archived Press Releases
- Kids Set a New World Record off 95,859,491 Minutes Read in Summer 2012
- U.S. Governors’ Spouses Sign On as “Reading Ambassadors” to Encourage Kids to Read Every Day this Summer
- Get Ready to Set a New Scholastic World Record for Summer Reading
- Twenty Schools from Eleven States to Appear in 2012 Scholastic Book of World Records for Most Reading Minutes Logged
- Kids Around the World Set a New Scholastic World Record Reading More Than 53 Million Minutes!
- Scholastic, PBS Kids and iVillage Form Alliance to Sustain Children's Summer Reading
- Scholastic Announces Second Annual WordGirl Definition Competition