As the world’s largest publisher of children’s content, Scholastic is one of the pioneers in both engaging content and innovative instructional strategies for young readers. As such, the company hosts its annual Summer Reading Challenge every year to keep students motivated and to prevent the dreaded “summer slide,” in which students return to school having lost many of the gains they made during the previous school year.
Scholastic announced this week that its 2014 challenge is now open to students, parents, librarians, and educators to sign up, with the theme–cosponsored by battery-maker Eveready–“Reading Under The Stars.” As is expected, this year’s challenge includes teacher materials, a parents’ guide and summer calendar app, reading minute tracking, and much more.
“We know that the more children read, the more they succeed and time spent with books is especially important during the summer months so students return to school ready to tackle more challenging texts,” said Francie Alexander, Chief Academic Officer at Scholastic, in a press release. “In the summer, we want our kids finding books that fit their personal interests because those are the books that will make them fall in love with reading. Being part of the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge motivates kids to build up their reading minutes and earn rewards, while parents and teachers can monitor progress. Everybody wins!”
In keeping with this year’s theme, there are also live events at various museums and planetariums around the country, and Eveready is offering free books to participants with the purchase of two of its products in order to encourage families to read together in atypical settings. For complete details on the program and its support materials or to register a reader, visit Scholastic.com/summer.