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Book Fairs Insider - Winter 2010
Book Fairs Insider - Summer Reading 2011
Scholastic Summer Challenge
  In This Issue:

• Build Reading Skills With Our Summer Reading Book Fair
• Get Ready for the Scholastic Summer Challenge
• Encourage Your Students to Read for the World Record

A No-Cost Summer Reading Program That Makes a Difference

The Scholastic Summer Reading Book FairReading over the summer really does make a difference.

Research shows that kids who never crack a book during
summer break fall behind in reading, while kids who read at
least four books over the break maintain their reading skill and even excel.

The Scholastic Summer Reading Book Fair has plenty of
affordable books and other resources to help you keep students reading for fun this summer, including:

High-interest books and perennial favorites
Downloadable companion reading activities
Ideas and tips to involve students and families in summer reading activities
A step-by-step guide to the Scholastic Summer Reading Program and more ways to keep kids turning those pages
LIKE US on Facebook for updates about the Summer Reading program and to connect with other educators across the country!

More Free Summer Reading Resources

Scholastic Summer ChallengeThe Scholastic Summer Challenge is a global campaign dedicated to stopping the "Summer Slide" and encouraging kids to read more books.

The program website features an online community and fun reading activities for students, such as an interactive reading minutes log and book recommendations; summer reading tips and articles for parents; and free resources for educators, including:

A dashboard to track student reading progress
Create-and-share reading lists
Printable reading logs
Resources for Spanish-language speakers

The Scholastic Summer Challenge officially kicks off on April 27 at 1 pm (EST) with the "WordGirl Definition Competition," a free, live webcast for classrooms.

Registration for the webcast begins March 9, but you can visit the Scholastic Summer Challenge website and sign up now to receive email reminders about important program dates.

Summer Reading Challenge Lets Students Shine

Read for the World Record Keep your students reading and ready to learn with a little friendly competition.

In 2010, the Read for the World Record program inspired more than 110,850 kids from over 5,500 schools in the United States and 120 countries to set a summer reading record of 52,710,368 minutes! (View the 2010 stats.)

Your students can join this year's global reading team to help set a new "Summer Reading World Record" for the most minutes read. From May 1 through August 31, 2011, schools will compete to log the most reading minutes and earn a place in the record books.

It's a fun, easy way to help students practice and build reading skills over the summer. Students simply choose books they want to read, log their reading minutes at, and watch their minutes add up. Plus, you can track your students' combined reading minutes to see how your school stacks up compared to other schools around the globe.

If the 2011 global team breaks the current world record, the new record will be published in the 2012 Scholastic Book of World Records and feature the top 20 schools that read the most minutes.

This year's challenge begins May 1, but you can pre-register your students beginning April 4.


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