The Scholastic Summer Reading Promise

We know summertime can provide tremendous opportunities for kids to accelerate reading, to experience the social-emotional impact of good literature and stories, and to make up for any lost learning time as access to instruction and reading has had to be completely rethought due to the pandemic. Research has proven that in a typical year, summer reading supports skill gains, and its absence leads to widening skill gaps. With this in mind, our Scholastic Summer Reading Promise is to help you get books in the hands of kids, support social-emotional well-being, build skills and create community among kids.

 

Scholastic’s work with all of our partners has changed dramatically this past year, reflecting the dedication of school leaders, teachers and families to address the needs of children in the face of great challenges. Together, we found new ways to get millions of books to children who were unable to attend schools while also supporting remote, hybrid, and in-person learning. We would like to use our proven summer reading resources combined with these learnings to ensure that your children have opportunities for reading acceleration, gain motivation and experience the confidence that reading success brings.  Explore this site to learn more and you can also call us at: 1-800-SCHOLASTIC

A Fun, Free and Safe Program for Kids

From Monday, April 26 to Friday, September 3 kids can participate in the Scholastic Summer Reading Program where they will be encouraged to read, celebrate their achievements and help increase access to books for their peers.

Join Home Base

By creating an account on Home Basekids can join a community of readers and will be able to read books and stories; attend weekly author events; 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 read any book of their choice and 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 to Save the Children for kids in rural America with limited or no access to books.

Virtual Event: Scholastic Parents Night: The Power of Summer Reading

Save the Date: Wednesday, May 26 at 7pm ET

 

Join Scholastic authors, education experts, and booksellers for a virtual panel where they will give tips and book recommendations that will keep kids excited to read all summer long!

 

Be sure to tune in for:

 

  • A book recommendation speed-round with an indie bookseller - Ask for recommendations based on your child's likes and needs!

  • Interviews with beloved authors Varian Johnson (Twins and The Parker Inheritance) and Kelly Yang (The Front Desk series)

  • Tips and tricks to keep your kids reading all summer - and loving it!

  • Swag! All attendees will receive digital activities, brochures and more.

Summer Reading Book Fairs

Bring the joy of reading to families this summer by hosting a Scholastic Summer Reading Book Fair June 1–July 30, 2021! Whether you’re in school or on break we’ve got a Fair that’s right for you. It's the perfect way to provide students with access to new books, favorite characters, and series to keep them reading all summer long.

 

With a Summer Reading Book Fair, parents get to fuel their children’s love of reading and also help raise critical funds for books and resources that will benefit their school. We know how busy you are during a normal year, so we created a book fair that’s easy to arrange and easy to host—with some summer flair. 

 

In-person Book Fair options that are easier than ever, and Virtual Book Fair orders are delivered right to students' doorsteps and shipping is FREE on book-only orders over $25. Your school gets 25% in rewards for each purchase during the Summer Reading Fair and 2% throughout the rest of the year.

Resilience Resources for Families From the Yale Child Study Center + Scholastic  Collaborative

Family Help Desk

Experts answer questions about trauma, anxiety, early childhood, reading development and beyond.

First Aid for Feelings Workbook

Available in English, Spanish, and French, download this free workbook to help children ages 4–10 express their thoughts and emotions.

Summer Reading Favorites

Keep kids reading all season with favorites for every age.

Summer Reading Favorites

Keep kids reading all season with favorites for every age

Spark Student Engagement this Summer

We are here to help you get books in the hands of kids, social-emotional well-being, build skills and create community among kids.

Spark Student Engagement this Summer

We are here to help you get books in the hands of kids, support-emotional well-being, build skills and create community among kids.

Additional Resources

Scholastic Kids Press

Kid Reporters around the world write news “for kids, by kids.” Discover news stories from these intrepid young journalists!

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.”