Get ready to stop the summer slide – while helping kids in need – with the Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge!
This is open to all areas (Hopatcong, Jefferson, Mount Arlington and Roxbury) Pre-registration begins Monday, April 8. Kids can enter minutes from Monday, May 6 until Friday, September 6.
ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
According to the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™: 7th Edition, 77% of kids ages 6–17 and 94% of parents believe reading books over the summer helps kids during the school year.
The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge is a free program designed to be both educational and fun to help prevent the effects of the summer slide—the learning losses that can occur during the summer months.
Over the course of 18 weeks, kids can enter their summer reading minutes online, unlocking digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges; and access book excerpts, videos, and other summer-exclusive content.
There are some changes you’ll want to be aware of! Read on!
KIDS HELPING KIDS
As part of Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza, kids can unlock book access for other kids in two ways:
- Once participating kids reach 25, then 50 and then 100 million minutes collectively read in the Summer Reading Challenge, Scholastic will donate a minimum of 200,000 books to book deserts across the country!
- At retailers and libraries hosting a Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Celebration, kids and families can donate newly-purchased or lightly-used books by dropping them off in a Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Give Back book drive box. These books will be donated to a local organization, chosen by the retailer.
Help us reach minute milestones to support kids across the country, or learn where a local book drive is happening near you!
Once readers begin entering their minutes in the Summer Reading Challenge in May, pins will appear on this map highlighting the top locations in each state. You'll also be able search for your school, public library, community partner organization!
Kick-off your summer reading plan with these free resources! From book lists to reading logs, your family will be all set for a successful summer.
What Is the Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge?
The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge is a free, online reading program designed to help students turn the “summer slide”—the learning loss which can occur over the summer months—into a “summer leap” by discovering the joy of reading for fun.
How It Works
The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge is open to kids in all U.S. states, territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands), and the District of Columbia for 18 weeks. To participate, students can be registered by an educator (meaning a teacher, school librarian or administrator), public librarian or community organization leader, or they can sign up independently with help from a parent or guardian. Once registered, kids will receive a username and password to log into scholastic.com/summer, and begin entering their summer reading minutes. Kids can unlock digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges.
At the end of the summer, Scholastic will recognize the top school in each state, and the top 10 libraries and community partners nationwide overall with the most minutes read. Click here for the full rules.
What's New For 2019?
The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Give Back
As part of Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza, kids and families can help get at least 200,000 books to kids in book deserts—areas with limited or no access to books. Here’s how:
1. Corporate Donations: As kids enter their minutes in the Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge, the website’s minute counter keeps track of their collective progress.
When total minutes read reach 25, then 50 and then 100 million minutes collectively, Scholastic will donate at least 200,000 books to book deserts across the country. Book desert locations will be identified with help from a Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza non-profit partner organization. Selection of recipients to receive books will be made in Scholastic's sole discretion.
The first donation (unlocked at 25 million minutes) will be shipped after June 1, 2019, with the second (at 50 million minutes) and third (at 100 million minutes) donations shipped on our about late summer/early fall of 2019. If targets aren't met, Scholastic will still donate a total of at least 200,000 books by about late summer/early fall of 2019.
Titles in these donations include: I Survived, The Bad Guys, Captain Underpants, Fly Guy, and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Titles may vary based on availability.
2. Book Drives: Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Give Back book drive boxes will be featured at select local book stores and libraries participating in Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Celebrations. The locations will welcome donations of newly-purchased or lightly-used books through the book drive boxes. These books will be donated to a local organization, chosen by the participating retailer.
Titles donated via Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Give Back book boxes may vary based on availability. Scholastic claims no responsibility for where, when, and how book drive titles are donated.
You can learn more about Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza and the Give back at scholastic.com/readapalooza.
Independent kids' sign-up is back!
If a child's school, local library or community partner organization is not participating, they can now sign up for the Challenge on their own at any time, with help from a parent or guardian. And while these minutes will not go towards a school (and towards a "Best in State" title), these minutes will support the collective minute total, and help unlock book donations to book deserts!
Mark your calendars!
- Monday, April 8: Pre-registration begins! Set up your classrooms, reading groups, and accounts before the official launch of the Challenge, and hand out login information so kids are ready to go! Teachers, before you go on your well-deserved vacations, be sure your students have their usernames and passwords!
- The "Summer Reading Educator Sweepstakes" and the "Summer Reading Library & Community Partner Sweepstakes" open! Enter for a chance to win a some great prizes. Click here for full rules.
- Monday, May 6: The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge officially begins. Kids can start entering their reading minutes!
- Friday, September 6: The Challenge closes at midnight, and kids can no longer log minutes.
- Saturday, September 7–Friday, September 13: Educators, public librarians and community organization leaders can now edit minutes for better accuracy in their reporting!
- Wednesday, September 25: Winners announcement! The top school in each U.S. state, territory (Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands), and the District of Columbia that has logged the most reading minutes will be named the "Best in State" School. Special recognition will be given to the top ten libraries and community partner organizations nationwide overall with the most minutes read! Click here for full rules.
Need help with registering, adding a class, or bulk registering kids? Don't see your school/public library/community partner organization in our database when creating a new account? Please contact Customer Service at 1-866-826-8834 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Participate in the Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge?
“77% of kids ages 6–17 and 94% of parents believe reading books over the summer helps kids during the school year.”
—Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™, 7th Edition
Research shows that kids who do not read during the summer months are more likely to fall victim to the "summer slide" — the learning loss that takes place during the long break from school. Parents say summer reading helps their child during the school year mainly because it helps keep their kid’s brain active and that reading requires constant practice.
The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge works to motivate students to read all summer long through weekly challenges, goals for schools, and activities and resources for parents.
For more data on the importance of summer reading, click here.
“Best in State” School and Top Library and Top Community Partner recognition rules are available here.
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