What Is the Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge?
The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza 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 of reading for fun.
How It Works
The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge is open to kids in all U.S. states, territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands), and the District of Columbia for 18 weeks. To participate, students can be registered by an educator (meaning a teacher, school librarian or administrator), public librarian or community organization leader, or they can sign up independently with help from a parent or guardian. Once registered, kids will receive a username and password to log into scholastic.com/summer, and begin entering their summer reading minutes. Kids 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 community partners nationwide overall with the most minutes read. Click here for the full rules.
What's New For 2019?
The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Give Back
As part of Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza, kids and families can help get at least 200,000 books to kids with limited or no access to books nationwide. Here’s how:
1. Corporate Donations: As kids enter their minutes in the Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge, the website’s minute counter keeps track of their collective progress.
When total minutes read reach 25, then 50 and then 100 million minutes collectively, Scholastic will donate at least 200,000 books to kids in need across the country. Areas will be identified with help from the non-profit organization United Way. Selection of recipients to receive books will be made in Scholastic and United Way's discretion.
The first donation (unlocked at 25 million minutes) will be shipped after June 1, 2019 to targeted United Way branches in the U.S., with the second (at 50 million minutes) and third (at 100 million minutes) donations shipped on our about late summer/early fall of 2019. If targets aren't met, Scholastic will still donate a total of at least 200,000 books via United Way by about late summer/early fall of 2019.
Titles in these donations include: I Survived, The Bad Guys, Captain Underpants, Fly Guy, and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Titles may vary based on availability.
2. Book Drives: Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Give Back book drive boxes will be featured at select local book stores and libraries participating in Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Celebrations. The locations will welcome donations of newly-purchased or lightly-used books through the book drive boxes. These books will be donated to a local organization, chosen by the participating retailer.
Titles donated via Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Give Back book boxes may vary based on availability. Scholastic claims no responsibility for where, when, and how book drive titles are donated.
You can learn more about Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza and the Give back at scholastic.com/readapalooza.
Independent kids' sign-up is back!
If a child's school, local library or community partner organization is not participating, they can now sign up for the Challenge on their own at any time, with help from a parent or guardian. And while these minutes will not go towards a school (and towards a "Best in State" title), these minutes will support the collective minute total, and help unlock book donations to book deserts!
Mark your calendars!
- Monday, April 8: Pre-registration begins! Set up your classrooms, reading groups, and accounts before the official launch of the Challenge, and hand out login information so kids are ready to go! Teachers, before you go on your well-deserved vacations, be sure your students have their usernames and passwords!
- The "Summer Reading Educator Sweepstakes" and the "Summer Reading Library & Community Partner Sweepstakes" open! Enter for a chance to win a some great prizes. Click here for full rules.
- Monday, May 6: The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge officially begins. Kids can start entering their reading minutes!
- Friday, September 6: The Challenge closes at midnight, and kids can no longer log minutes.
- Saturday, September 7–Friday, September 13: Educators, public librarians and community organization leaders can now edit minutes for better accuracy in their reporting!
- Wednesday, September 25: Winners announcement! The top school in each U.S. state, territory (Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands), 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 community partner organizations nationwide overall with the most minutes read! Click here for full rules.
Need help with registering, adding a class, or bulk registering kids? Don't see your school/public 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 Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge?
“77% of kids ages 6–17 and 94% of parents believe reading books over the summer helps kids during the school year.”
—Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™, 7th 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 Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge works to motivate students to read all summer long through weekly challenges, goals for schools, and activities and resources for parents.
For more data on the importance of summer reading, click here.
“Best in State” School and Top Library and Top Community Partner recognition rules are available here.