What Is the Scholastic Summer Reading ChallengeTM?
The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free, online reading program designed to help students turn the “summer slide”—the learning loss which can occur over the summer months—into a “summer leap” by discovering the joy and magic of reading for fun.
The theme of the Challenge changes every year. The 2018 theme is “A Magical Summer of Reading,” which comes to life on the website with the beautiful Harry Potter illustrations by Jim Kay. We think it’s the perfect message to encourage students across the country to share in the magic of summer reading in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
How It Works
The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is open to students in all U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia for 18 weeks. To participate, students must be registered by an educator, meaning a teacher, public librarian or community organization leader. Once registered, students will receive a username and password from their educator, librarian or community organization leader to log into scholastic.com/summer, and begin logging their summer reading minutes. Students can unlock digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges.
At the end of the summer, Scholastic will recognize the top school in each state, and the top 10 libraries and top 10 community partners nationwide with the most minutes read. Click here for the full rules.
What's New For 2018?
- A brand new, mobile responsive website! Access the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge on your mobile device or tablet to track summer reading minutes on the go!
- Clever single sign-on! This year we will be integrating Clever, a single sign-on resource for schools who use multiple digital programs. If schools, libraries or community organizations don’t use Clever, they will be able to register and log-in through a Scholastic.com account.
- More content! This year’s book list now includes purchasing options for teachers through The Scholastic Teacher Store Online; more videos for all audiences; summer reading educator and library/community partner sweepstakes; printables including reading certificates and reading pledges; podcast recommendations; and more!
- The Challenge is now for U.S. students only. Only residents of U.S. states, the District of Columbia and territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) are permitted to participate this year.
- Independent kids' sign-up via parental approval is no longer available. This means students should encourage their teacher, librarian, or community partner organization leader to sign up for the Challenge. But don’t worry, the Summer Reading Challenge homepage will still offer plenty of resources all kids can use, even if they aren’t part of a group registered for the Challenge. Additionally, the website will have a separate Parents hub with free resources for families.
- Student minutes can be edited via the Classroom Dashboard! For one week after the Challenge closes to students, educators, librarians and community partner leaders can edit student minutes from the Classroom Dashboard for better accuracy in reporting!
Mark your calendars!
- Monday, April 9: Pre-registration for educators, librarians and community partners begins! Set up your classrooms before the official launch of the Challenge, and hand out students’ login information so students are ready to go! Teachers, before you go on your well-deserved vacations, be sure your students have their usernames and passwords!
- The "Educator Summer Reading Sweepstakes" and the "Library & Community Partner Summer Reading Sweepstakes" open! Enter for a chance to win a summer reading prize pack. Click here for full rules.
- Monday, May 7: The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge officially begins. Students can start logging their reading minutes!
- Friday, September 7: The Challenge closes at midnight, and students can no longer log minutes.
- Saturday, September 8-Friday, September 14: Teachers, librarians and community organization leaders can now edit student minutes for better accuracy in their reporting!
- Wednesday, September 26: Winners announcement! The top school in each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia that has logged the most reading minutes will be named the "Best in State" School. Special recognition will be given to the top ten libraries and top ten community partner organizations nationwide with the most minutes read! Click here for full rules.
Watch these videos for help with creating an account, adding a class, and more!
Still need help with adding a class, or bulk registering students? Don't see your your school/library/community partner organization in our database when creating a new account? Please contact Customer Service at 1-866-826-8834 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Participate in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge?
“80% of children ages 6–17 agree that summer reading will help them during the school year.”
—Kids & Family Reading Report™, 6th Edition
Research shows that kids who do not read during the summer months are more likely to fall victim to the "summer slide" — the learning loss that takes place during the long break from school. Parents say summer reading helps their child during the school year mainly because it helps keep their kid’s brain active and that reading requires constant practice.
The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge works to motivate students to read all summer long through weekly challenges, goals for schools, and activities and resources for parents.
“Best in State” School and Top Library and Top Community Partner recognition rules are available here.