Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
“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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- Schools, Families, Libraries and Community Partners Can Encourage Kids to Take a Reading Adventure With the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
- Children in Texas, Florida, Louisana, Pennsylvania and Georgia Logged the Most Reading Minutes in the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
- 39 Gubernatorial Spouses, 3 Governors and 1 Lt. Governor Join the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge to Get Kids Reading
- Scholastic Brings Summer Reading to Communities Nationwide with First-Ever, 10,000 Mile "Summer Reading Road Trip"
- Author Dav Pilkey Gives a New Book to Every Student at 50 Schools Nationwide for Summer Reading
- Scholastic Leaps Into Summer Reading With 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and Nationwide Reading Road Trip
- Children in Texas, Florida, New York, New Jersey and North Carolina Logged the Most Reading Minutes in the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
- Favorite Children's Authors Come Together to Get Kids Reading This Summer
- Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Student Registration Opens Today As Educators Help Stop the "Summer Slide"
- Kids Set a New World Record – Reading 304,749,681 Minutes in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
- U.S. Governors and Governors’ Spouses Sign On as Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge "Reading Ambassadors"
- Parents: Free Summer Reading Resources for the Whole Family
- 2014 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Launches Today, Free Program for Schools and Families to Prevent the "Summer Slide"
- Scholastic Launches Classroom and School-wide Registration for Students to Join the Biggest Summer Reading Challenge Ever
- Kids Set a New World Record for Summer Reading with 176,438,473 Minutes Read
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!
- 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
- 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
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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).
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The Summer Reading Road Trip RV
This year's participating Scholastic authors
Facts and Overview:
- Facts About Summer Reading
- Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Overview
- Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge logo (JPG)
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Booklists:
You can watch more Summer Reading Challenge videos – including author stories and parenting tips – here.
Archived Press Releases
- 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
- Kids Set a New World Record of 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!