Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Challenge

AT–A–GLANCE
What is it?

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free reading program dedicated to stopping the "Summer Slide" and inspiring kids to read every day throughout the summer months.

Why Summer Reading?

Research shows that kids who do not read during the summer months are more likely to fall victim to the "Summer Slide" — the common loss of skills due to being out of school.

Take the Challenge

scholastic.com/summer

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2016 Reading Ambassadors

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Alex Wladich
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Michael Barrett
mbarrett@scholastic.com
(212) 343-6570

In The News

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge campaign goes local with the Summer Reading Road Trip, which will visit bookstores, schools and libraries nationwide

KIDSCREEN
The “Dav Pilkey ‘Be a Reading Superhero’ Educator Contest” encourages educators nationwide to enter a chance to win a summer book for every child in their school

GALLEYCAT
Scholastic has recruited 19 authors to serve as Scholastic Summer Reading Global Ambassadors, including Dav Pilkey, R.L. Stine, Jennifer Nielsen and more


“91% of children across age groups (ages 6-17) overwhelmingly agree that their favorite books—and the ones they are most likely to finish—are the ones they pick out themselves.”

Kids & Family Reading Report™, 5th edition


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Highlights

What is the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge?

  • The 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program that helps kids take a “summer leap” into books when school is out. The program has generated more than 1 billion reading minutes from kids around the world since 2009.
  • This year’s theme is "Be a Reading Superhero," which encourages kids to build their “reading muscles” by reading more and logging their reading minutes to earn virtual rewards. Throughout the 18 weeks of summer, kids will be able to unlock fun stories from 18 children’s book authors who will share how they became reading superheroes.
  • Bestselling author Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants and the new Dog Man series), has signed on as the Scholastic Summer Reading Global Ambassador.
  • In 2015, Scholastic inspired more than 267,000 kids from 6,229 schools in all 50 States and 28 countries to read a total of 286,611,349 minutes!

Key Dates:

  • March 21, 2016 – Educators can pre-register their students/classes
  • May 9, 2016 – Kids can begin logging their reading minutes and parents can access free resources and daily reading tips
  • September 9, 2016 – Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge closes

Prizes:

  • This year, the top school in each U.S. state, territory and in the District of Columbia that has logged the most reading minutes will be named Best in State. These top schools will also receive:
    • A highlight in the 2017 Scholastic Book of World Records
    • Receive a Reading Plaque to display at school and a badge for their website
    • An official Scholastic party kit

Key Features:

For Kids:

  • Kids can unlock 18 fun stories from children’s book authors who share how they became reading superheroes!
  • Kids will have a chance to unlock weekly reading milestones in return for digital rewards, like character badges and chapter exerts. They can also enter a sweepstakes to win a book from Klutz!

For Educators:

  • Educators can sign up and bulk-register their students (up to 99 at once) to participate.
  • Sweepstakes: Educators can enter the Dav Pilkey ‘Be a Reading Superhero’ Educator Contest for a chance to win a free summer reading book for every child in their school. One school in each U.S. state, territory and in the District of Columbia will be selected to win an array of popular, age-appropriate Scholastic titles. The contest ends April 11, 2016. For more details and rules, please click here.
  • One-stop shopping: Once registered, educators can visit their dashboard to manage their class list, email parents, and track their students’ progress throughout the summer.
  • Age-specific book lists: This year's suggestions include ages 0-2, 3-5, 6-7, 8-10, 11-13 and Young Adult. We also have Spanish language titles for all age groups.
  • Free resources: Teachers can download free activity sheets, reading certificates, reading pledges, reading logs and more.
  • How-to guide and video tutorial for educators.

For Parents:

  • Parents can sign their kids up to participate in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and can track their kids’ reading progress all summer.
  • Access free Summer Reading Challenge Participation Guides for book lists, expert resources, activity sheets, and more.
  • Age-specific book lists: This year's suggestions include ages 0–2, 3–5, 6–7, 8–10, 11-13 and Young Adult. We also have Spanish language titles for all age groups.
  • How-to guide and video tutorial for parents. 
  • Ask a Book Expert! Parents looking for book recommendations for their children can email our experts for age-appropriate suggestions.

Community Outreach:

  • For the eighth year, U.S. Governors’ Spouses will be invited to serve as “Reading Ambassadors” to help spread the important message about reading books over the summer.
  • Learn more about the Reading Ambassadors program.

Events

Starting May 2, 2016, Scholastic is hitting the road with two Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip RVs that will visit bookstores, schools and libraries across the country.

  • Kids and families can visit the “pop-up” reading community events, meet some of their favorite authors and illustrators, and engage in fun reading activities.
  • The RVs will visit cities nationwide throughout the summer, including: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Orlando, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle.
  • Parents and educators can follow the progress of the Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip on social media @Scholastic and #SummerReading, and on the Summer Reading Challenge website (scholastic.com/summer).

Spokespeople

Maggie McGuire
Vice President, eScholastic, Teachers, Parents, and Kids Online Channels

 

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The Summer Reading Road Trip RV

This year's participating Scholastic authors

Facts and Overview:

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Booklists:

Videos

You can watch more Summer Reading Challenge videos – including author stories and parenting tips – here.

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