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 reading program dedicated to stopping the “Summer Slide” and encouraging kids to read every day this summer. Now in its eighth year, the Summer Reading Challenge invites kids to log the minutes they spend reading as they strive to set a new world record for summer reading.
The top elementary school with the most minutes read/logged will win a school visit from author David Shannon. The top middle school with the most minutes read/logged will win a school visit from author Gordon Korman. The top 20 schools with the most minutes logged will receive recognition in the 2015 Scholastic Book of World Records. The top 20 schools (along with the top school in every state) will also receive a Reading Plaque to display at school.
This year’s theme for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is "Reading Under the Stars!" Kids will unlock constellations and learn fun facts about space as they reach reading milestones every week. This summer, Scholastic has joined together with EVEREADY®, the maker of batteries and flashlights, to power the Summer Reading Challenge and encourage families to create fun reading adventures outside.
Help bridge the school-to-home connection and keep kids reading all summer long!
- Register students for the Summer Reading Challenge
- 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 their school—and other schools—have read
- Download summer reading book lists and printables
Summer Reading Challenge Book Lists by Age
Download the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge book lists:
Summer Reading Challenge Printables
- Sign-Up Cards
- Sign-Up Cards (Spanish)
- Pledge Form
- Pledge Form (Spanish)
- Reading Log
- Reading Log (Spanish)
- Certificate of Achievement
- Certificate of Achievement (Spanish)
Summer Reading Challenge Resources
- Star Guide Printable
- Stopping the Summer Slide Roundtable Video: On April 16, from 8-9pm, educators will share their strategies, tips, and lessons learned around keeping kids reading all summer in this discussion moderated by literacy expert Pam Allyn.
- Messages to Parents
- Messages to Parents (Spanish)
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Use these fun interactives to motivate student reading all summer long.
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Students will be given many ways to share their favorite books with their classmates through a book recommendation board, peer recommendations, and book commercials.