Scholastic Summer Reading

Free Resources and Low-Cost Offerings for Summer Learning

Stephanie Agresti  //  Apr 12, 2021

Free Resources and Low-Cost Offerings for Summer Learning

Summer is coming! After access to instruction and reading was disrupted last school year, it will be a critical time to support our children both academically and emotionally.

To ensure families and schools have the tools they need, whether that is through in-person programming, remote at-home learning, or a hybrid, Scholastic has expanded and adapted free resources and low-cost offerings for summer learning.

Scholastic Summer Reading offers resources to increase access to books, help support students’ social-emotional needs and build skills while school is out. This includes:

Free resources for academic and social-emotional support:

  • Scholastic Summer Reading Program: From April 26–September 3, kids can participate in this free, safe, and fun online program through Scholastic Home Base where they will be encouraged to read, celebrate their achievements, and help increase access to books for their peers.
  • Yale Child Study Center + Scholastic Collaborative: A resiliency workbook for kids and a Family Help Desk staffed by experts in trauma, anxiety, early childhood, and reading development is available to support families’ pressing needs.

Offerings to promote book choice and build home libraries:

  • Summer Reading Virtual Book Fairs: From June 1–July 30, schools can host their own virtual Summer Reading Book Fairs. All orders are delivered to students' doorsteps and shipping is free on book-only orders over $25. Schools receive 25% in rewards for each purchase and 2% throughout the rest of the year.
  • Special Summer Reading Book Club Flyers: Special Book Club collections will be offered in May and June for kindergarten–grade 2 and grades 3–6, and offer exclusive value pack deals including select $2 books, 10 title packs for $10, and three free books for every $50 purchased in a class order. Orders $25 or more are eligible for free shipping directly to students’ homes.

School-wide and community-based programs:

  • “Grab & Go” Book Packs: Customizable, developmentally appropriate, and grade-level book packs include engaging, culturally relevant, authentic texts—in English or Spanish—in addition to family engagement activities, tips, and support for independent reading at home.
  • Research-based print and digital resources: Instructional programs to support building essential reading skills and accelerate learning this summer include reading and writing lessons through Scholastic LitCamp, ELA and Math lessons through Scholastic Scholar Zone powered by Bell Xcel, and, among other offerings, online reading programs like Scholastic F.I.R.S.T., W.O.R.D. and Literacy Pro.

To access all Scholastic Summer Reading offerings, visit: