Keep Kids Reading All Summer Long!
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program dedicated to encouraging kids to read every day this summer. 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. This year’s Summer Reading Challenge focuses on the helping kids achieve the “Summer Leap” — the learning or reading skills gained during the summer months that help students prepare to tackle the upcoming school year.
This year’s theme is “Be a Reading Superhero” and it’s all about believing in kids and encouraging them to be the best independent readers they can be. This summer, we want kids to read more books, log more reading minutes, earn rewards, and become a reading superhero! To help motivate kids to keep reading throughout the 18 weeks of the summer (May 9 – September 9), we are inviting 18 Scholastic authors to create their own personalized “How I Became a Reading Superhero" story to inspire kids to keep reading. Each week, kids can unlock a new story and discover fun facts about some of their favorite authors, enter sweepstakes, and win virtual prizes to reward them for their reading.
The school that logs the most minutes will receive “Best in State” recognition and a Celebration in a Box and Reading Plaque for a school-wide reading celebration. Each winning school will also receive recognition in the 2017 Scholastic Book of World Records.
From March 21 to April 11, K–8 educators can enter the new Dav Pilkey Be a Reading Superhero Contest for a chance to win a book for every student in your school! To enter, just tell us how you’re encouraging your kids to read over the summer. Enter here.
Help bridge the school-to-home connection and keep kids reading all summer long!
- Register students for the Summer Reading Challenge using these instructions
- Track students’ reading progress throughout the summer
- Email parents to let them know students are signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge
- Check the interactive map to see how many minutes your school—and other schools—have read
- Download summer reading book lists and printables
Summer Reading Challenge Book Lists
Download the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge book lists:
Summer Reading Challenge Printables
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