It's Minute Mania Month!

Now until the close of the Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge on Friday, September 6, students can enter reading for any week they may have missed!


As part of the Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Give Back, as kids reach designated minute milestones in the Summer Reading Challenge, they’ll unlock book donations from Scholastic with help from United Way to kids with limited or no access to books.

There are three major minute milestones this summer, and the more minutes kids collectively enter, the faster they get 200,000 books into the hands of kids in need.

  • Kids reached 25 million minutes and unlocked the first book donation of the summer on Wednesday, May 29! Congratulations, readers!
  • Kids reached 50 million minutes and unlocked the summer's second book donation on Saturday, June 22!
  • Kids reached 100 million minutes and unlocked the summer's third and final book donation on Thursday, September 5!


You can use the Classroom Dashboard to organize your students and track reading progress all summer long! Students can enter minutes beginning Monday, May 6 until the Challenges closes on Friday, September 6.

Then, beginning Saturday, September 7 to Friday, September 13, you'll be able to use the pencil icon next to each student to edit reading minutes as needed. Need help? Please contact Scholastic Customer Service at 1-866-826-8834 or summerchallengehelp@scholastic.com.

NOTE: If you participated in the Challenge last year, you may see classes from 2018 in your Classroom Dashboard. To hide these classes, click the MANAGE CLASSES button. Then, on the right-hand side above the class you wish to hide, click the CLASS SETTINGS drop down, and select ARCHIVE CLASS. When you return to your Classroom Dashboard, that class will no longer display.

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Looking for a new book to recommend to your students this summer? This year, we'll be sharing a different book excerpt each week, to help readers find a new book to love! Check back each Monday for the latest reveal.






Once kids begin entering their minutes in the Summer Reading Challenge in May, pins will appear on this map highlighting the top locations in each state. You'll also be able search for your school (or any other group that's participating)!



The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Educator Sweepstakes closed on Monday, June 3, and winners have been notified. Thank you for entering!


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