We all know the dangers of the Summer Slide when students dont read over the summer, they suffer from summer learning loss. Teachers often spend 4-6 weeks re-teaching material to get their students back on track. Thats why its so important to keep kids reading this summer. Last week, Megan kicked off the Scholastic Summer Challenge excitement! Well, starting today, teachers can register their students for the 7th annual FREE Scholastic Summer Challenge by going to scholastic.com/summer and clicking on the orange REGISTER button. Each day throughout the summer, kids can log their minutes to help contribute to the 2013 Read for the World Record. Last year, kids around the world read 95,859,491 minutes, but I have no doubt we can beat this this year! This year, kids are reading to famous historical and natural landmarks around the world, like the Taj Mahal, Mount Everest, and The Eiffel Tower. Readers can enter sweepstakes, win virtual prizes, and more! Teachers, when you go to Summer Challenge teacher page, you can: Register your entire class for the Summer Challenge using Bulk Classroom Registration; Once youve registered your class, youll be able to track their reading progress all summer long; Visit your Teacher Dashboard to track students reading and to email parents; Access daily tips and enter to win giveaways on Facebook with the new Summer Challenge Calendar App; Teachers who register their students before June 30, 2013 can enter for a chance to win a classroom library. Download free printables, activities, and age-appropriate summer reading booklists, which includes titles chosen to meet the Common Core State Standards; Add a free Scholastic Summer Reading tout to your school website; Added bonus: The top 20 schools that read and log the most minutes this summer will be featured in the 2014 Scholastic Book of World Records, and the top school will win a visit from Captain Underpants author, Dav Pilkey. Students can start logging their minutes on May 6, so get ready!