Monday, May 4 – Friday, September 4

Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza: What's New

As parents, educators, public librarians and community leaders, we applaud all you have done for your children and students to keep them learning through unprecedented closing of schools. As we enter the summer months there is no doubt we are all continuing to adjust to this new reality together. Now more than ever it is critically important to keep kids engaged in summer reading to ensure their academic success in the fall. Scholastic is committed to providing at-home learning over the summer months with Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza.

 

The free program unites communities in a nationwide campaign that celebrates reading for fun while improving access to books during the summer. For 2020, we are excited to share a brand new kids experience in Scholastic Home Base, a free digital destination which offers full books, live events, and games in a safe community for readers! Kids will be encouraged to track their reading streaks™ to earn rewards and unlock book donations, with the goal of donating 100,000 books by July! To learn more, download the informational sheet below.

What is Scholastic Home Base?

Scholastic Home Base is a fun, safe, and completely free online destination where kids can create their own avatar, interact with their favorite Scholastic characters, play games, and read books. Home Base is moderated 24/7. 

 

Starting May 4, kids will be able to visit a special Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza zone where they can start and keep their reading streaks, earn special rewards, and more. At any point during the summer, kids can download and print a report of their reading progress to share with their parent, educator, librarian, or group leader. 

 

Home Base is available on the web at scholastic.com/homebase, and as an app for both Apple and Android devices.

How Kids Can Participate

Join Home Base

By creating an account on Home Base, kids can join a community of readers and will be able to read entire books; interact with their favorite characters; and play book-based games and activities; join dance parties and more! 

Keep a Reading Streak™

Kids will be able to track their summer reading by maintaining a reading streak in Home Base. The longer a child extends their reading streak, the more digital experiences they earn!  Kids can download and print a report of their reading progress at any time.

Help Donate Books

By keeping reading streaks in Home Base, kids will unlock a donation of 100,000 books from Scholastic. Through a collaboration with United Way Worldwide, the donated books will be distributed across the country to locations where access to books is needed most.

The Virtual Book Fair

Bring the joy of reading at home to families this summer by hosting a Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza Virtual Book Fair! It's the perfect way to provide students with access to new books as they discover favorite characters, series, and collections all summer long.

 

All orders are delivered right to students' doorsteps and shipping is FREE on book-only orders over $25. Your school gets 25% in Scholastic Dollars™ during the Virtual Book Fair, plus additional rewards throughout the rest of the year.

 

Don’t miss out – unlock the joy of reading with a Summer Read-a-Palooza Virtual Book Fair.

Introducing LitCamp at Home Children’s Read-Aloud Series: Episode 1

LitCamp at Home Children’s Read-Aloud Series is a seven-episode collection of videos featuring award-winning author, educator, SVP of Innovation and Development at Scholastic, and LitWorld founder Pam Allyn. In these videos, Pam, along with some world-renowned literary guests, will guide children learning from home in language and literacy play. The first episode in the series, "Belonging," features Carmen Agra Deedy, author of The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet

 

Be sure to check back all summer long as we feature more episodes!

Additional Resources

Certificate of Achievement

Help celebrate your children's summer reading achievements with this free printable! 

Looking for some literary inspiration? Our award-winning podcast is all about the joy and power of reading. 

Research on Summer Reading

Sixty-four percent of educators promote literacy among students by encouraging summer reading—particularly those in elementary schools. Additionally, educators say the public library is the #1 source of access to books for kids over the summer.

Ninety-four percent of parents agree reading over the summer can help their child during the school year. In addition, more than half (59%) of all kids ages 6–17 say “I really enjoy reading books over the summer.”