The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge has returned and it is a free, online and mobile-friendly summer reading program where kids can log their summer reading minutes online and earn digital rewards, and adults can access educational resources for kids.
This year’s Challenge theme, A Magical Summer of Reading, encourages students to join in the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone while tracking their minutes. Participants can see the Challenge theme come to life with beautiful artwork by Jim Kay from the Harry Potter illustrated series (check out the press release image link below).
Back for a third year in July, Scholastic will also launch the Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip. In an effort to promote reading for fun over the summer, two Scholastic-branded RVs will tour the country, hosting free, pop-up family reading festivals at bookstores and public libraries in 30 cities nationwide.
After the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge closes on September 7th, the school in each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia with the most minutes read will be named “Best in State,” and the top 10 public libraries and top 10 community partner organizations with the most minutes read will receive an official Scholastic party kit that includes a commemorative plaque, congratulatory banner, and student certificates to celebrate their achievement. In addition, these top sites will be featured in the 2019 Scholastic Book of World Records.
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