Get Ready for Scholastic's Summer Reading Challenge

Scholastic, along with Reach Out and Read, will once again challenge kids to set a new Read for the World Record during the Scholastic Summer Challenge, a free summer reading program that involves kids, parents, librarians, and educators from around the world in a global reading challenge.

This year’s Summer Challenge ramps up with two live classroom webcasts. The first, "Series Favorites: Heroes, Scamps, & Sidekicks,” featuring popular series authors, will be held April 17 at 1 p.m. (ET). Then on May 1 at 1 p.m. (ET), Summer Reading Ambassador WordGirl will host "Definition Competition.”

You can pre-register students for the Summer Challenge beginning April 2 at
Free reproducibles include:
  • Reading Log
  • Student Pledge
  • Shelf Talker
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Parent Letters
  • Sign-Up Info
  • Fair Flyer (Color and B&W)
  • P.A. Announcements
  • Media Release
  • Summer Reading Fact Sheet
  • Read for the World Record Fact Sheet
  • Summer Challenge How-To Guides
  • Reading Activities
While you’re there, you’ll find plenty of free resources for educators, including summer reading book lists, program how-to guides, parent letters, reading logs, certificates of achievement and more.

After you create your school’s classroom user lists, you can track student reading progress, click on an interactive map to check your students’ reading minutes compared to other schools, and send parents email alerts about their child’s latest reading achievements.

The Summer Challenge website also includes a dedicated section for students that lets them enter and track their reading minutes on a personal homepage and check their weekly progress towards earning virtual rewards.

Kids competing in the Summer Challenge can apply their reading minutes to help break the current Read for the World Record. The top 20 schools with the most logged minutes will be featured in the 2013 Scholastic Book of World Records. In 2011, Brooksville Elementary in Brooksville, Fla., placed first in the Challenge, logging 3,176,409 total minutes. The total Read for the World tally, achieved by kids in 50 states and 25 countries, was more than 64 million minutes!

Students also can chat with fellow readers on message boards, participate in fun sweepstakes, and create their own Bookprint through You Are What You Read.

The annual competition even gives younger readers a chance to participate online with their families on the Summer Challenge Family Playground, where they can log reading minutes to earn prizes and enter sweepstakes.

To help parents keep their kids reading during the school break, the Summer Challenge website offers plenty of useful resources, including a Family Participation Guide. Parents can track their child's and school's reading minutes through the Summer Challenge new mobile app, sign up to receive email alerts about their child’s reading achievements, review tips from reading experts, and download summer book lists tailored for various age groups.

Each year, Governors' Spouses sign on as statewide Reading Ambassadors for the Scholastic Summer Challenge. The Ambassadors host reading events at local schools, and Scholastic donates books for kids to take home to read. In 2011, 44 states participated in the Reading Ambassadors program.

So join the Challenge! Visit Scholastic's online communities for kids, parents, and educators to learn more.
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