Get ready to start reading! The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is officially open! Starting today, kids can log their reading minutes online to earn digital prizes when they complete weekly reading challenges and gain access to 18 reading activities, including games, quizzes and videos based on popular children’s books.
At the end of the summer, the school in each U.S. state, territory and in the District of Columbia that has logged the most reading minutes will be named “Best in State,” featured in the 2018 Scholastic Book of World Records, and will receive a commemorative plaque as well as an official Scholastic party kit to celebrate their achievement. In addition, special recognition will be given to the top five libraries and community partner organizations nationwide with the most minutes read.
Recent research from the Kids & Family Reading Report™: 6th Edition, uncovered one in five 12–17 year-olds and one in five kids in lower-income families did not read any books at all last summer. To ensure all communities encourage children to read over the summer months, and adding even more summer reading fun and enthusiasm, the Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip will hit the road for its second year, hosting free “pop-up” reading festivals that engage communities in helping kids discover the power and joy of reading. Kids and families can visit the free “pop-up” reading events and meet some of their favorite Scholastic authors and illustrators, engage in fun reading activities, and win prizes.
The RVs will visit major cities and nearby towns throughout the summer.* The list of locations and tour dates includes:
- May 5 – Vero Beach, FL and San Carlos, CA
- May 7 – Pasadena, CA
- May 13 – Raleigh, NC; Tempe and Phoenix, AZ
- May 21 – Austin, TX
- July 1 – Mystic, CT and Milwaukee, WI
- July 2 – Plainville, MA
- July 3 – Chicago, IL
- July 5 – Brewster, MA and Omaha, NE
- July 6 – Saratoga Springs, NY
- July 8 – Bentonville, AR
- July 9 – Edmond, OK
- July 11 – Montclair, NJ
- July 15 – Hudson, OH
- July 16 – Delaware, OH
- July 20 – Morehead, KY
- July 21 – Decatur, GA
- July 22 – Seattle, WA
- July 23 – Bainbridge Island, WA
*Dates and locations for the Summer Reading Road Trip are subject to change.
GIVEAWAY! In honor of the Scholastic Summer Challenge opening on May 8th, we are giving 8 readers the chance to win an 8 pack of books to help kick-start summer reading. To enter for a chance to win leave a comment below telling us what books you plan to read this summer. One entry per person. All entries must be submitted by 5:59pm ET on Friday, May 12, 2017. U.S. residents, 18 and over, please. See the complete legal rules here.