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Book Fairs Insider - Summer 2010
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 In This Issue:

• World Record Attempt Keeps Kids Reading All Summer
• Join Scholastic's Summer Reading Challenge
• Free Summer Reading Resources
• Featured Books – Great Summer Reads

World Record Challenge Motivates Kids to Read All Summer Long

World Record Challenge WinnersScholastic, together with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and the National Summer Learning Association, is once again challenging kids to Read for the World Record to keep students reading and learning all summer long.

Last year, more than 8,000 schools nationwide participated in the challenge, logging a total of 35,846,094 reading minutes. And students at Sunset Palms Elementary in Boynton Beach, Fla., logged a big chunk of those minutes – 683,057 reading minutes to be exact, more than any other school, earning them a place in the 2010 Scholastic Book of World Records.

"Read for the World Record encouraged our students to read as much as possible during the summer months by giving them a fun incentive to compete against other schools across the country," said Allison Mittleman, Media Specialist at Sunset Palms.

"Our goal was to introduce more kids to the joy of reading and, of course, to make it into the Scholastic Book of World Records Top 20," she added.

Keep reading to learn how Mittleman inspired her students to read more than half-a-million minutes and
to sign up for this year's challenge, which kicked off May 1.

Free Resources to Keep Students Reading This Summer

Read for the World Record Research shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer. Yet, studies show that early and sustained summer learning opportunities improve academic outcomes for youth and lead to higher graduation rates and better preparation for college.

The Scholastic Summer Challenge was purposefully designed to motivate and unite students to read during the break to help them avoid the summer slide.

Scholastic's robust online community for kids features plenty of summer reading activities, including a Read for the World Record Challenge, where kids can log their reading minutes to help set a record. The top 20 schools
with the most minutes logged will be featured in the 2011 edition of the Scholastic Book of World Records.

Kids ages eight and up can also play book-themed games, create and share reading wish lists, and chat about books with other readers around the world.

Younger readers, ages seven and under, have their own fun challenge: for every book they read and log online, they'll earn seeds to plant and grow in their own virtual reading garden.

More FREE Summer Reading Resources

Shoppers Guide From parent reading tips and booktalks to
curriculum ideas and resources for Spanish-language speakers, all of Scholastic's summer reading resources are available online for free, including:

Curriculum Connections
Reading Tips for Parents
Summer Challenge "4 or More" Record Bookmarks
Read for the World Record Reading Log
Summer Challenge Certificate of Achievement
Summer Reading Letter to Parents
Reading Game Show Activity for Students

Featured Books – Great Summer Reads!

Featured Video Interview Along with award-winning books from hundreds of publishers, Scholastic Book Fairs has a selection of great summer reads to help you turn the dreaded summer-reading slide into a summer-reading climb.

Our editors combed bestseller lists, library reading lists, and state award title lists to assemble our recommended reads for grades 3-8. You can also download free curriculum connections for each of these 45 award-winning, kid-favorite books.

And here's another great read... just in time for summer!

The Big Field by Mike Lupica
When star shortstop prospect "D–Will" joins the team? Hutch feels displaced in more ways than one. With the summer league championship on the line? just how far is he willing to bend to be a good teammate?

Meet the author in this exclusive video interview.

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