About the Scholastic Summer Reading program

This past year has presented a number of challenges, and we applaud all that you as parents/caregivers, educators, public librarians, and community leaders have done for your children and students to keep them learning through the COVID-19 pandemic. As we shift gears to summer, it is critically important we continue to keep kids engaged in learning and excited about reading.


To support literacy at home during this pressing time, the Scholastic Summer Reading program offers kids an exciting, free, and safe summer reading experience. The Scholastic Summer Reading program provides kids the opportunity to access ebooks, connect with authors, make new friends, create and keep Reading Streaks™, earn virtual rewards, and help unlock a donation of 100,000 books for kids with limited or no access.


While we finalize 2021 program enhancements, including special features for families, educators and libraries, please enjoy the Scholastic Summer Learning Resources Catalogue.

For kids: Scholastic Home Base

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


Starting May 3, kids will be able to visit the Scholastic Summer Reading 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 parents, guardians, educators, librarians, or community group leaders. 


Home Base is available on the web at scholastic.com/homebase, in downloadable Mac and PC versions, 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; 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 Save the Children, 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 Reading 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 Scholastic Summer Reading Virtual Book Fair.

LitCamp at Home Children’s Read-Aloud Series

LitCamp at Home Children’s Read-Aloud Series is a seven-episode collection of videos featuring award-winning author, educator, Senior Literacy Advisor to 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 —

and you can watch all seven episodes right now! Just click play to get started.

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

Ninety-six percent of educators agree that providing year-round access to books at home is important to enhancing student achievement.

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.”