Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Challenge

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.

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

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

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

“80% of children ages 6–17 agree that summer reading will help them during the school year.”

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What is the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge?

  • The 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program designed to help kids turn the “summer slide”—the learning loss which can occur over the summer months—into a “summer leap” by discovering the power and joy of reading for fun.
  • This year’s theme is “Happy Camper: Take a Reading Adventure,” which comes to life on the website with custom Dog Man illustrations from bestselling Captain Underpants creator Dav Pilkey, and other beloved Scholastic character illustrations, including Clifford the Big Red Dog®, Harry Potter, Geronimo Stilton and Ms. Frizzle.
  • Bestselling author Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants and the Dog Man series), has once again signed on as the Scholastic Summer Reading Global Ambassador.
  • In 2016, Scholastic inspired more than 250,000 kids from 5,154 schools in all 50 States and 25 countries to read a total of 204,594,918 minutes!

Key Dates:

  • March 15th–April 14th: Dav Pilkey Summer Reading Educator Contest
  • April 3rd: Educator, Library and Community Partner Pre-Registration
  • May 8th–September 8th: The Challenge Begins! Log Your Reading Minutes
  • May 6th–July 26th: Summer Reading Road Trip
  • September 27th: “Best in State” and Library and Community Partner Recognition


  • The top school in each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia that has logged the most reading minutes will be named Best in State. 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 2018 Scholastic Book of World Records 
  • This year, special recognition will be given to the top five libraries and community partner organizations nationwide with the most minutes read

Key Features:

For Kids:

  • Kids can log their reading minutes online to earn digital prizes when they complete weekly reading challenges and gain access to 18 reading activities, including games, quizzes and videos based on popular children’s books
  • Kids can also enter a sweepstakes to win books from Klutz!

For Educators:

  • Educators can sign up and bulk-register their students (up to 100 at once) to participate.
  • Sweepstakes: Educators can enter the Dav Pilkey Summer Reading Educator Contest  for a chance to win 500 books for 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 14, 2017. For more details and rules, please click here.
  • One-stop shopping: Once registered, educators can visit their dashboard to manage their class list, access downloadable email to send to 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: Educators can download free activity sheets, reading certificates, reading pledges, reading logs and more.
  • How-to registration video tutorial for educators: coming soon!

For Families:

  • Families can sign kids up to participate in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and can track 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 registration video tutorial for parents: coming soon!

For Libraries/Community Partners:

  • Libraries and community partners can pre-register participating student groups for the Summer Reading Challenge
  • Free summer reading resources and booklists across all ages are available in both English and Spanish
  • How-to registration video tutorial for libraries and community partners: coming soon!

Community Outreach:

  • For the ninth 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 2017 Reading Ambassadors.


Starting May 6, 2017, Scholastic is hitting the road for a second year with two Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip RVs that will visit bookstores, schools and libraries across the country.

  • The RVs will visit cities nationwide throughout the summer. 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.
  • Parents and educators can follow the progress of the Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip on social media via #SummerReading, and and online at 


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The Summer Reading Road Trip RV

Facts and Overview:

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For instructional videos on how to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge, visit our YouTube channel here.

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