In some parts of the country, it’s back-to-school season, and in other parts, it’s still summer. Either way, your kids need to continue reading, and hopefully they’ve kept up with Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge program, which is now in its 8th year! The Summer Reading Challenge is dedicated to stopping the “Summer Slide” and getting kids to reading throughout the summer months — getting them ready for school! This year’s theme is “Reading Under the Stars” (powered by EVEREADY®). Throughout the summer, kids will read around the galaxy and unlock star constellations as they log reading minutes. And earlier this week, The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge broke the 2013 World Record with an astonishing 200 MILLION MINUTES read to date — with 6 more weeks to go!
Why You Should Keep Your Kids Reading:
1. It’s estimated that the Summer Slide accounts for as much as 85% of the reading achievement gap between lower-income students and their middle- and upper-income peers.¹
2. Learning or reading skill losses during the summer months are cumulative. By the time a struggling reader reaches middle school, summer reading loss has accumulated to a two-year lag in reading achievement.²
3. 3rd graders who can’t read on grade level are four times less likely to graduate by age 18 than are proficient readers.³
The Good News:
1. Studies show that early and sustained summer learning opportunities improve academic outcomes for youth and lead to higher graduation rates and better preparation for college.(4)
2. Ensuring easy and continued access to books for summer reading is one potential strategy for addressing summer reading setback.
3. 92% of kids say they are more likely to finish reading a book that they pick out themselves.(5)
BOTTOM LINE: GET YOUR KIDS READING —
NO MATTER WHERE OR WHEN!
Tell me: What books are your kids reading?
This year’s Summer Reading theme is Reading Under the Stars, and is powered by EVEREADY®, the maker of batteries and flashlights, to encourage families to discover new and fun ways to explore reading outside this summer. For more information visit Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge