Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza

Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza

AT–A–GLANCE
WHAT IS IT?

Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza unites kids, parents, educators, public librarians, community partners, and booksellers in a nationwide movement to get books to kids in need during the summer, keeping every child reading.

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 learning loss that takes place during the long break from school.

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Alex Wladich
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IN THE NEWS

KIDSCREEN
The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge expands program for US public libraries and community organizations to sign up kids

NPR (WHYY-AM)
Local dual language school wins the title of “Best in State” for the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge offers a special educator contest to help build school libraries


“More than half (59%) of all kids ages 6–17 say, “I really enjoy reading books over the summer.”

Kids & Family Reading Report™, 7th Edition


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Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza

What is the Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza?

Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza unites students, educators, parents, public librarians, community partners and booksellers in a nationwide movement to get books to kids in need during the summer, keeping every child reading.

The program empowers kids to unlock book access for other kids by reading minutes, participating in local book drives, or both! Through the power of kids helping kids, Scholastic will donate at least 200,000 books to kids in need across the country and together with local partners, enable kids to give back in their own communities.

There are three major components of Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza:

Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Give Back

The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Give Back empowers kids to unlock book access for other kids in two ways. Every minute read over the summer counts on the Summer Reading Challenge website, as kids work together to reach Give Back minute milestones. Upon reaching 25, then 50 and then 100 million minutes, Scholastic will donate a minimum of 200,000 books to kids in need across the country!

In addition, Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Give Back boxes bring the experience to your local community. Book drive boxes will be posted at retailers participating in the Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Celebrations, welcoming kids and families to donate newly-purchased or lightly-used books. These books will be donated to a local organization, chosen by the retailer.

Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Celebrations

Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Celebrations happen at participating stores and libraries nationwide to bring communities together in the spirit of giving back while encouraging every child to keep reading!

Families who attend will be dazzled by a fun and engaging event that brings literacy to life! Readers can engage in activities, photo ops, and giveaways based on their favorite characters and series. Select events will even have appearances by both Clifford the Big Red Dog® and Dog Man. All events are anchored by a Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Give Back book drive to collect new and lightly-used books for a local charity partner of choice.

Plus, every minute read during the event can be entered on the Summer Reading Challenge website to help reach minute milestones that unlock book donations throughout the country–enabling kids to help other kids near and far.

Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge

Now in its 13th year, the refreshed Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge is a free program designed to be both educational and fun to help prevent the effects of the summer slide—the learning losses that can occur during the summer months.

In 2018, Scholastic inspired more than 500,000 children from all 50 states, territories and the District of Columbia, to read and enter more than 135 million minutes!

Key Dates:

  • Monday, April 8: Pre-registration begins.      
    • The "Educator Summer Reading Sweepstakes" and the "Library & Community Partner Summer Reading Sweepstakes" open
  • Monday, May 6: The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge officially begins. Kids can start entering their reading minutes
  • Friday, September 6: The Challenge closes
  • Wednesday, September 25: Winners announcement

Prizes:

  • The top school in each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia that has logged the most reading minutes will be named the "Best in State" School. These top schools will also receive:
    • An official Scholastic “Best in State” “Party in a Box” kit that includes a school plaque, congratulatory banner, student certificates and other items that can be used to host a literacy celebration
    • A highlight in the 2020 Scholastic Book of World Records 
  • Special recognition will be given to the top ten libraries and community partner organizations overall nationwide with the most minutes read

Key Features:

For Kids and Families:

  • Kids can enter their reading minutes online to earn digital prizes when they complete weekly reading challenges and gain access to summer-exclusive content.
  • Parents and caregivers can access free summer reading resources including book lists across all ages in both English and Spanish, video content, printables, articles, and more!

For Educators, Public Librarians and Community Partners: 

  • Educators, public librarians and community partners can sign up and bulk-register their students (up to 100 at once) to participate.
  • Sweepstakes: Educators, librarians and community partners can enter special summer reading sweepstakes.  
  • Classroom Dashboard/Minute Manager: Once registered, educators, librarians and community partners can visit their dashboard to manage their class list/reading groups, access downloadable emails to send to parents, and track their kids’ reading progress throughout the summer.
  • Age-specific book lists: This year's book list 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: Educators, public librarians and community partners can access free video content and download free resources including activity sheets, reading certificates, reading pledges, minute trackers, and more.

New This Year:

  • Minutes also unlock 200,000 books donated from Scholastic through the Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Give Back.

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