Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

What is it?

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free, online reading program dedicated to stopping the "summer slide" and inspiring students 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 learning loss that takes place during the long break from school.

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

Local dual language school wins the title of “Best in State” for the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

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“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 2018 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program designed to help students 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 “A Magical Summer of Reading,” which comes to life on the website with Jim Kay illustrations from the Harry Potter series. 
  • In 2017, Scholastic inspired more than 890,000 children from all 50 states, territories and the District of Columbia, as well as 14 countries, to read and log more than 138 million minutes!
  • Last year, 42 Governors’ Spouses, 3 Governors and 1 Lieutenant Governor came together as Reading Ambassadors for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

Key Dates:

  • Monday, April 9: Pre-registration for educators, librarians and community partners begins! 
    • The "Educator Summer Reading Sweepstakes" and the "Library & Community Partner Summer Reading Sweepstakes" open!
  • Monday, May 7: The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge officially begins. Students can start logging their reading minutes!
  • Friday, September 7: The Challenge closes.
  • Wednesday, September 26: “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 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 2019 Scholastic Book of World Records 
  • Special recognition will be given to the top ten libraries and top ten community partner organizations nationwide with the most minutes read

Key Features:

For Students:

  • Students, who are registered by an educator, librarian or community partner can log their reading minutes online to earn digital prizes when they complete weekly reading challenges and gain access to reading activities based on popular children’s books

For Educators, Librarians and Community Partners: 

  • Educators, 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: Once registered, educators, librarians and community partners can visit their dashboard to manage their class list, access downloadable emails to send to parents, and track their students’ 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, librarians and community partners can access free video content and download free resources including activity sheets, reading certificates, reading pledges, reading logs and more.

For Families:

  • Parents and caregivers can access free summer reading resources including book lists across all ages in both English and Spanish, video content, printables and more!

Community Outreach:

  • For the tenth 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.


This summer, Scholastic is hitting the road for a third year with two Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip RVs that will visit bookstores 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 online at


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The Summer Reading Road Trip RV

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Book Lists:

  • 2018 book lists coming soon!


  • 2018 instructional YouTube video coming soon!

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