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Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Teacher Resources

Get students excited about reading with the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, a free online reading program designed to motivate children to read all summer long.


PreK–K , 1–2 , 3–5 , 6–8

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online and mobile reading program dedicated to encouraging kids to read every day during the summer. Recent research from the Kids & Family Reading Report™ found that 80% of children ages 6–17 agree that summer reading will help them during the school year.  

Encouraging kids to become the best independent readers they can be helps prepare them to tackle the upcoming school year. This summer, we want kids to read more books, log more reading minutes, earn digital rewards, and have a magical summer of reading!  

To help motivate students to keep reading throughout the 18 weeks of the summer (May 7 – September 7), there will be 18 Harry Potter-themed reading activities, including games, quizzes, book excerpts and more.

At the close of the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, the school in each state with the most minutes read will be recognized as “Best in State” and will receive a special kit that includes a school plaque, congratulatory banner, student certificates, and other items that can be used to host a literacy celebration. The winning schools will also be featured in the 2019 Scholastic Book of World Records. Special recognition will also be given to the top ten libraries and top ten community partner organizations nationwide with the most minutes read.

Help bridge the school-to-home connection and keep kids reading all summer long!

  • Register students for the Summer Reading Challenge
  • Track students’ reading progress throughout the summer
  • Download letters for parents to let them know students are signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge
  • Check the interactive map to see how many minutes your school — and other schools — have read
  • Download summer reading book lists and printables

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