Summer Fun Sponsor: Scholastic BooksThe Summer Fun Giveaway starts tomorrow, and I have a great Scholastic Books prize pack for everyone in your family. To me, summer reading is one of the best parts of the season. I love sitting on my deck catching up on all the great titles that I didn’t have time to read during the busy school year. I also encourage Jacob to read as much as possible because I want him to grow up loving books as much as I do.

The Scholastic Summer Challenge is a great way to encourage your children to read a little each day. Last year, participants read a whopping 64,213,141 minutes. This year, Scholastic wants to beat that, and they’re already pretty close with 87, 990, 998 minutes as of the time I’m typing this. Join the Summer Challenge and log your child’s reading minutes through the site. They can earn great prizes, like special downloads and badges. You can also enter them into bigger giveaways, such as autographed books.

Summer Fun Sponsor: Scholastic Books

The Scholastic Summer Challenge for Parents offers excellent resources for helping your child stay on track with reading this summer, including suggested reading lists and an Reading Timer app. Educators even have a special section to track their student’s progress.

Scholastic Summer Reading Prize Package

Scholastic Books is offering the winner of my Summer Fun giveaway a great prize package with something for the entire family. Books include:

Summer Fun Sponsor: Scholastic BooksAges 3-5: Zoe Gets Ready by Bethanie Murguia
Each day is full of possibilities, and Zoe wants to be ready for everything this one might bring. But that makes getting dressed really, really hard! If it’s a twirling day, she’ll need to wear the purple skirt. But if it’s a cartwheeling day, she’ll want the polka-dot tights. Or it might be a hiding day, perfect for the flower crown that will help her blend into the garden . . . or a flying day, which demands butterfly wings! As the clothes pile up and Mama tells her it’s time to go, there’s only one way Zoe can be sure she’s prepared for all the adventures ahead — a solution that will have parents laughing in recognition and kids nodding in satisfaction. ZOE GETS READY is perfect for all those little girls who wouldn’t have things any other way.
Summer Fun Sponsor: Scholastic BooksAges 5-7: Scholastic Discover More: Animal Babies  by Andrea Pinnington

ANIMAL BABIES is packed with facts and adorable photographs of the little creatures kids love. From baby birds, to baby bears, and baby elephants, find out how these newborn animals survive in the wild. See the animal babies change as they grow up. Unique photographs show babies and their parents up close. Easy-to-read text for beginning readers is perfect to share and talk about. ANIMAL BABIES unlocks a free 16-page digital companion book offering even more information, photos, and videos!

Summer Fun Sponsor: Scholastic BooksAges 8-10: The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
George and Harold’s principal, mean old Mr. Krupp, doesn’t like the pair’s pranks or their comic books. And he’s cooked up a plan to catch George and Harold and stop their shenanigans — once and for all! Here’s the story of what happened when that plan back-fired, and Captain Underpants leaped off the page to save the day! Captain Underpants is one of the most popular series for kids in this age group, and for good reason! The superhero spoof is full of silly humor, engaging stories, and crazy adventures.



False PrinceAges 10-12: The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

I just started reading this one and will be reviewing it soon. So far, I really like it. The writing is fast-paced, witty, and engaging. From Amazon:  In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

Eleventh PlagueYA: The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to trade. But when Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma after an accident, Stephen finds his way to Settler’s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true. Then Stephen meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny, who refuses to accept things as they are. And when they play a prank that goes horribly wrong, chaos erupts, and they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler’s Landing–and their lives–forever.


Be sure to stop back tomorrow and enter my Summer Fun giveaway for a chance to win all these great books! In the mean time, sign up for the Summer Challenge and check out Scholastic on Twitter.