Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Helps Fight the Summer Slide

The girls FINALLY had their last day of school yesterday. For the summer, we focus on a lot of outdoor activities like swimming, biking, climbing, swinging and you know — playing. We do, however, have to keep the balance and make sure the girls don’t fall into the summer “slide”. Just in time for summer, Scholastic launches their Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge with free summer reading resources for parents like me and you to keep reading and learning fun — even during their summer “vacation”:

Online summer reading program for kids: You can register your kids (grades K–8 or ages 4–14) for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge from now until September 5th. Your kids can log their reading minutes, win prizes and help set a new world record for summer reading. The goal is to beat last year’s summer reading world record of 176,438,473 minutes.

Daily tips and prizes for parents: Yup! You can win prizes too! Just check out the Scholastic Parents Facebook page summer calendar app. Every Friday, enter for the chance to win Friday Freebies prizes, including great books for your kids!

Track reading minutes with a mobile app: This is fabulous. Anything that times my kids activities (whether it be reading, running or staying quiet) is a win-win in my book. The app is a great way to monitor your child’s reading while on-the-go this summer.

2014 summer booklists: Curated by Scholastic experts, these lists feature more than 700 books for kids in Pre-K–8. I especially appreciate this because it’s a great jumping off point. You and your child can look up the books on, read the synopsis, then download or purchase the books that your child is interested in. Our 11-year old daughter already has over 14 books to read this summer!

Free book offer: You can receive a FREE Scholastic book by mail when you buy two specially marked packs of EVEREADY® Gold® batteries or EVEREADY® flashlights and redeem the package codes online. (Visit to learn more.)

We signed up the girls for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge right before school ended. When we signed them up, they were each given an anonymous user name (so, it’s a super-safe online environment!) that helps them log their reading minutes to win online badges and prizes.

We also connected their reading minutes to their schools because the 20 U.S. schools with the most reading minutes recorded by September 5th will be featured in the 2015 Scholastic Book of World Records. Also, bestselling author Gordon Korman (The Hypnotists) and bestselling author-illustrator David Shannon (Bugs in My Hair!) will visit the U.S. middle school and U.S. elementary school, respectively, with the most minutes logged. So get reading!!


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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 Summer Reading Challenge.