Summer Reading Challenge program

SRC15_authorcollageScholastic has brought together some of the world’s favorite children’s authors to help get kids reading this summer. Kids can get started now, and it’s a fact that kids who read through the summer perform better at school.

Here are details from the press release:

Kids Log Reading Minutes to Unlock 12 Original Short Stories as Part of Free Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Authors Include: Blue Balliett, Patrik Henry Bass, Varian Johnson, Gordon Korman, Michael Northtrop, Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pierce, Roland Smith, R.L. Stine, Tui T. Sutherland, Lauren Tarshis, Wendy Wan-Long Shang and Jude Watson

Recent research from The Kids & Family Reading Report indicates that 91% of kids say that their favorite books are the ones they picked out themselves1 – and summer is the perfect time for those fun books kids choose themselves. To encourage kids to “Power Up and Read” throughout the summer, 13 favorite children’s authors have written original short stories that kids can unlock as rewards in this year’sScholastic Summer Reading Challenge. This free summer reading program, created by Scholastic and powered by Energizer, encourages kids around the world to log the minutes they spend reading in order to unlock more stories, earn rewards, and help set a new world record for minutes read – seeking to top the 304,749,681 minutes read in summer 2014. Children and families can sign up for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge starting today at www.scholastic.com/summer.

The top children’s authors participating include: Blue Balliett, Patrik Henry Bass, Varian Johnson, Gordon Korman, Michael Northtrop, Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pierce, Roland Smith, R.L. Stine, Tui T. Sutherland, Lauren Tarshis, Wendy Wan-Long Shang and Jude Watson. Each of the authors has written a unique short story using the same opening sentence which is, “I glanced over my shoulder to make sure that no one had followed me into the shadowy library, then took a deep breath and opened the glowing book…”

“We know that summer is the ideal time for kids to discover the power and joy of reading,” said Maggie McGuire, VP Scholastic Kids & Parents Online. “The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge creates an environment where kids are encouraged to choose their own books and read all summer, setting kids up to succeed when returning to school in the fall.”

“I am a big believer in the power of choice when it comes to reading. In some cases, this freedom takes the pressure off reading, allowing a book to ‘just be a book.’ Other times, it allows readers to choose a book that serves as a mirror of their world or a window to a different perspective—or both! Whatever the reason, the power to choose gets us all reading, and the more we read, the more we grow,” said acclaimed author Varian Johnson, one of the featured authors in this year’s Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

SUMMER READING FOR KIDS:

  • Ultimate goal of setting a new 2015 reading world record: Students read and log minutes, earn digital badges and rewards, and help set a new world record for summer reading.
  • Read along with original short stories: Each original short story has a “read along” audio component, inviting children of all ages and reading levels to enjoy these engaging stories.
  • Dynamic creative writing game: Students can play a new “Innovation Machine” story starter game, powered by Energizer. This game encourages kids to create a one-of-a-kind story with fun story starters and wacky vocabulary combinations and enter into a contest to win prizes. Twelve winners will each receive a set of 12 signed books from the participating authors.

SUMMER READING FOR PARENTS:

  • Free daily tips: Parents can find something every day on the new “daily digest” with articles and tips from Scholastic Parents Channel experts at http://www.scholastic.com/parents/summer.
  • 2015 summer book listCurated by Scholastic experts, this list features books for children in Pre-K through Young Adults.
  • Weekly sweepstakes: Parents can enter to win a “Power Up & Read prize pack,” including a Scholastic tote bag, a copy of Reading Unbound by Jeffrey Wilhelm and Michael Smith, $10 gift certificate to Scholastic Store Online, Energizer® brand batteries, Scholastic books and more.

SUMMER READING FOR EDUCATORS:

  • Grand prize for top school: The top elementary school that logs the most minutes this summer will win a visit from bestselling author Michael Northrop and the top middle school that logs the most minutes will win a visit from bestselling author Varian Johnson.
  • Classroom library sweepstakes: Educators who pre-register their students before June 30th, 2015 will be entered to win a free classroom library of 50 books.
  • Free summer reading tools: Educators can track their students reading minutes through the “Educator Dashboard” and their school’s progress on a virtual map, send automated emails to parents and access bi-lingual resources and printables.

For more information about the Scholastic Summer Challenge, please visithttp://mediaroom.scholastic.com/SummerReadingChallenge.

SUMMER READING STATISTICS:

  • Teachers spend four to six weeks re-teaching materials students because of the “summer slide – the learning losses which can occur when school is not in session.2
  • Children who read four or more books over the summer fare better on reading comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books over the summer, regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic level or previous achievement.3
  • The majority of children of all ages (6-17) say when reading for fun, they want “books that make me laugh” (70%).4

 

Similar Articles

Comments

FOLLOW US

2,023FansLike
3,238FollowersFollow
10,300SubscribersSubscribe

Recent Book Trailers

Instagram

Advertisment

Don't Miss

Celebrating Mothers with Author Cari Lynn Webb

0
Special Feature Celebrating Mother's Day  Celebrating Mom's with Cari Lynn Webb Today we celebrate moms. And I have been blessed with one of the best moms....

Trisha Yearwood announced as featured speaker at ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition (Virtual)

0
The American Library Association today announced that Grammy award-winning country singer, TV host, chef, and entrepreneur Trisha Yearwood has been added to the featured...

PODCAST: Little French Bridal Shop with Author Jennifer Dupee

0
Tour the Little French Bridal Shop with Author Jennifer Dupee on Book Lights LISTEN HERE! Jennifer Dupee grew up on the North Shore of Boston near...

Barnes & Noble Children’s & Young Adult Book Award Winners

0
Barnes & Noble Children’s & Young Adult Book Award Winners Barnes & Noble today announced the winners of the inaugural Barnes & Noble Children’s & YA...

Asian American Rom Coms

0
Asian American Rom Coms In the mood for some light-hearted, yet big-hearted escape this weekend? We are playing matchmaker! Look no further than these super...

SNEAK PEEK: FOUR CUTS TOO MANY BY DEBRA H. GOLDSTEIN

0
FOUR CUTS TOO MANY BY DEBRA H. GOLDSTEIN When it comes to murder, there’s no need to mince words… Sarah Blair gets an education in slicing...

Heidi Hostetter Talks About Her Novel – THE GIRL I USED TO BE

0
Heidi Hostetter loves stories of family, forgiveness and second chances so we knew we wanted to hear all about her new novel- The Girl...

Mental Health Awareness Month

0
May is Mental Health Awareness Month Books to help and answer questions..... May is Mental Health Awareness Month, observed at this time each year since 1949,...

Books Like Us First Novel Contest from Gallery Books and Simon & Schuster

0
Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, is pleased to announce the launch of the BOOKS LIKE US First Novel Contest to facilitate...

SNEAK PEEK: CANTERBERRY TALES BY C.P. Hoff

0
CANTERBERRY TALES - A fun-filled look into a precocious child by critically acclaimed author, C.P. Hoff Pull up your knee socks and buckle your pinchy...