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Summer Reading Challenge 101 for Parents

New to the Summer Reading Challenge? Don’t worry, we’re giving you a crash course!

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The 10 things parents need to know:

  1. The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge…what is it? Now in its 11th year, the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free global online and mobile reading program aimed to keep kids reading all summer long. Starting May 8, 2017, kids can read books and log their reading minutes throughout the 18 weeks of summer to earn digital rewards and learn about great new books to read. This year’s theme is “Take a Reading Adventure,” and it’s all about taking adventures while reading and encouraging kids to read all summer long.
  2. Why should we join?  The latest research from the Kids & Family Reading Report™: 6th Edition shows 80% of kids ages 6-17 and 96% of their parents agree “reading books during the summer helps kids during the school year!” However, many kids need help finding books to read for fun.  Studies show that when kids don’t read over the summer, they lose core reading skills and fall behind when they go back to school. Keeping kids reading over the summer helps them maintain or increase their reading and learning skills.   
  3. What makes this year so different? This year, Captain Underpants and Dog Man creator Dav Pilkey returns as our official Global Summer Reading Ambassador. He continues to inspire kids to read all summer long and choose the books they want to read during the summer break. Also new this year: kids will unlock a “weekly surprise” based on 18 popular Scholastic book series and characters to motivate them to keep reading for fun. And don’t forget, the Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip will hit the road again this summer, featuring a traveling pop-up book festival in your local town. Full details are available here.
  4. How do I sign my child up?  There are two ways to register for this free program. First, check with your child’s teacher to see if he or she signed up the entire class already.  If so, the teacher has assigned your child a username and password. If not, you and your child can go to and sign up under the “Kids & Families” section. Although kids can log minutes through any desktop browser or mobile device (tablets or phones) browser, you must register or authenticate via a desktop browser first.
  5. How old does my child have to be? 4-14 is the core age, but if you read aloud to your younger children, you can log reading minutes on their behalf.
  6. Is the website safe for kids? YES! Scholastic adheres to COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) laws. Our website is completely safe for kids.
  7. My school is not participating. Can my child still sign up for the Challenge? Absolutely! Parents can help their kids register by going to Click on “Kids & Families” and then follow the instructions to pick a user name and password. After entering your country and state, you can find your children’s school so their reading minutes will count for the school. Make sure to check your email as you will receive an approval email asking permission for reading minutes to be applied to your child’s school.
  8. What’s the benefit of having my child’s minutes count for the school? While in the past we have rewarded the Top 20 Schools based on minutes read, this year we are rewarding MORE schools for their accomplishments. Each state will have a winning school. At the end of the summer, Scholastic will present each winning school with a "Celebration in a Box" that will come complete with items to host a school-wide reading celebration: a plaque, a banner, streamers, balloons, and certificates for the students.
  9. My child is still in school – does that mean we have to wait for summer vacation to start? No! Kids can start logging minutes right away through September 8, 2017.
  10. I need help finding books for my kids. Any suggestions? Yes, we have a free booklist in English and Spanish of top titles that will help even the most reluctant reader find the book perfect over the summer at

Hope this helps! Go to to get started. Follow us on Facebook for more tips on summer reading. And happy reading! 

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