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Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

It’s Summer!!! In my house that means sleeping in, staying up late, mornings at the pool, afternoons reading and playing, grilling out, vacation and generally a more relaxed household. I believe summers are for fun and letting kids be kids, BUT, I want my kids to read during the summer. It’s the only learning activity I expect them to do.

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That’s where the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge comes in. This is the 8th year Scholastic has run the challenge to help stop the “Summer Slide” by getting kids to read throughout the summer.

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Summer Reading Challenge Website and App

summer-reading-challenge-scholastic-LogoTo sign your kids up for the challenge, go to the Summer Reading Challenge Reading Under the Stars page and click on Parents. Sign your kids up and be sure you write down their username and passwords because your kids will need them to log in and record their minutes.

The challenge started in May, but my kids started their summer vacation this week, so we started on June 16. We downloaded the Reading Timer App and have tracked their minutes read this week.

The app is available for free on both iOS and Android and they can enter sweepstakes to win prizes, and earn rewards as they complete the weekly reading challenges.

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Reading Under The Stars Party

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme is “Reading Under the Stars” (powered by EVEREADY®). Kids can unlock star constellations ad they log in their reading minutes. We will be hosting a “Reading Under the Stars” party for my kids and their friends in a few weeks and I’ll update you next month about our adventure.

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FACT: In 2013, Scholastic inspired more than 130,000 kids from 4,200 schools in all 50 States and 31 countries to set a new record for summer reading of 176 million-plus minutes!

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Throughout the Summer, you can follow the Summer Reading Challenge weekly:

  • Every Monday, check Scholastic on Twitter for the #MondayMinutes. See the total number of minutes kids have read to date!
  • Every Friday, follow the Scholastic Facebook calendar for Friday Freebies!
  • Every Friday, check out the Summer Reading Challenge Pinterest Board for a new collage of summer books.
  • Tune in to Facebook on June 21 for the Summer Solstice Facebook Chat for Parents

reading books in the summer

Summer Reading Challenge on Social Media

Scholastic Reading Under the Stars

10 Tips For Getting Your Kids Reading This Summer

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What do you do to keep your kids reading throughout the summer? Join me and my kids in the Summer Reading Challenge. Let me know in the comments below if you will be joining me and keep me updated on how many minutes your kids are reading.

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Disclosure: This #SummerReading post is sponsored by Scholastic. I received product and monetary compensation for this post. I’m sharing with you because I feel this is a very important topic. I love that Scholastic has created an app for kids to track their reading. My kids love seeing the minutes add up. All opinions are my own.

Summer books we received form Scholastic

Some of the books my daughter is going to read this summer (provided by Scholastic.)