Jump into stories this summer with the Scholastic Summer Reading program! According to the Kids & Family Reading Report, 74 percent of kids agree that reading fiction and non-fiction helps them understand the world. This annual, free initiative continues to opens critical access to a variety of texts and encourages kids to keep reading while schools are closed. Brought to kids by Scholastic and nonprofit Save the Children, this initiative invites students to partake in new learning opportunities, discover their new favorite books, and unlock a donation of 100,000 print books to rural America. Now through August 19, kids can participate in the program through Scholastic’s cyber friendly platform Home Base, a site that hosts author events, games, community, full e-books, and more.
To explore and engage with other readers, visit the Scholastic Summer Reading program homepage: www.scholastic.com/summer
Kids can join the event by creating an account on Scholastic Home Base, a safe, 24/7 fully moderated digital destination. While online, they will:
- Read free e-books Kids will have access to select e-books in their entirety, which they can read all summer long. Titles include favorite series such as Goosebumps, Puppy Place, and I Survived. In addition, kids can also enjoy a variety of read-aloud videos including The Word Collector and Train.
- Attend virtual author events. Kids will be able to interact directly with bestselling and award-winning authors every month, including Scholastic summer reading ambassadors Claribel Ortega (Witchlings, Ghost Squad), Justin A. Reynolds (It’s the End of the World and I’m in My Bathing Suit, Miles Morales graphic novel series), Christina Soontornvat (Diary of an Ice Princess series), and R.L. Stein (Goosebumps series). During each event, kids will be able to interact with authors via a moderated chat function, ask questions, learn behind-the-scenes information, and sometimes even write a short piece with the authors.
- Help unlock a donation of 100,000 books. Every consecutive day a child checks into the Summer Zone, they will create a Reading Streak™, which will help to unlock a donation of new, free print books from Scholastic. Save the Children will distribute the 100,000 books to kids in communities throughout the country with limited or no access to books.
- Earn reading milestones and rewards. Over the course of the summer, kids will have the ability to earn trophies, virtual items, and in-game tokens for their Reading Streak progress. Throughout each achievement level, kids will collect new virtual rewards and accessories for their digital avatar.
- Join a community of readers and create reading circles. Kids can interact with old friends and make new companions along the way. The Summer Zone in Home Base provides kids with a social platform centered around reading, book-based games and activities, dance parties, and more. Kids can join and name their own “circles” to track group reading progress connected to the overall book donation, start community conversations, and write and share their own stories, comics, and art, all in their special group Newsfeed.
- Share reading progress. At any point throughout the summer, kids can download and print custom reports to share their individual reading progress with their caregiver and/or educator.