This is not a sponsored post, although I have worked with Scholastic Books in the past. I am passionate about encouraging literacy in children, which is why I am sharing it.

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The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge has officially launched. It’s perfect timing for us, as my son’s school does a BOGO Scholastic Book Fair every spring. I’m sending Jake off this week with money to stock up on all his favorites. For him, that will likely include any Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid books that he doesn’t already own (if there are any left!).

As I do every year, as soon as the Challenge launches, I love checking out the Parent Resources. My favorite is the book list. Jacob will be 9 this summer, so I’m checking out the 8-10 selections. He also reads at a higher grade level, so I’ll also look into those books.

In addition to the fabulous lists, you’ll find reading timers, tips and even a star chart! This year’s theme for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is “Reading Under the Stars.” This appeals to Jacob because he already reads by a book light in his bed. He’ll really enjoy hanging out on the back deck his comfy beanbag chair and reading under the wide-open sky. In fact, they even had a welcome message from astronaut Leland Melvin! Check it out!

Top Ten Tips for Getting Kids Reading this Summer

Scholastic put together this fabulous infographic filled with great tips to keep your kids reading all summer long. Take a look!

Top 10 Tips for Getting Kids Reading with Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

After signing up for the challenge, kids can log their reading minutes (online and on smartphones) as they Read for the World Record, enter sweepstakes to win fabulous prizes, and earn digital rewards when they complete weekly reading challenges. As they log their minutes throughout the summer, constellations will light up and unlock a video message from a REAL astronaut.


Visit Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge website to learn more.


What books are your kids most excited about reading this summer?