Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

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Reading is a huge part of my life. HUGE. I have been reading since the age of three and have not stopped since. Or when I do stop it is only to write something.

Raising avid readers is another story altogether for me. See those three kids above? They like to read but I really want them to LOVE to read as much as I do.  This is something that I have struggled with as a parent for years. What can I do to get my kids to read more? I often ask myself this as I figure out what exactly we are going to be doing during the summer each year.

Scholastic SRClogo


The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online program designed to motivate and excite your kids around reading books this summer. Kids can log the minutes they spend reading, play games, earn  virtual rewards, and enter sweepstakes, all in an effort to set a new  reading world record for summer 2015!

This year’s challenge theme is “Power Up & Read,” encouraging kids to read all summer long and unlock 12 original short stories by bestselling children’s authors as kids reach reading milestones. Scholastic has joined together with ENERGIZER® to power the Summer Reading Challenge and encourage families to find innovative ways to discover the power and joy of reading. Parents can sign up kids beginning May 4, 2015 and runs through September 4, 2015.

Scholastic Power up and Read



Did you know that 70% of kids want books that will make them laugh? I had no idea until I read this on the Scholastic website. I asked my kids and yes, this is true.

I have lofty goals for my family this summer when it comes to reading. First, each kid gets a Summer Reading Challenge Reading Log:

Scholastic Summer Reading Log

Letting my kids keep track of their reading hours is important to them. They like having these logs and recording their progress. Each kids also gets to pick 5 books from the Scholastic reading list for their age:

Scholastic Summer Reading List

Once they read their five books, they get to get five more. We buy them, trade with friends and visit our local library. Doing these two things helps keep my kids motivated.


Energizer® and Scholastic are partnering to create the “Power the Possibilities” campaign which gives moms the tools they need to unlock their child’s talents, fuel their ambitions and set them up for future success. Starting May 4, 2015, parents can buy any specially marked pack of Energizer® brand batteries to scratch for a chance to win one of thousands of prizes that will power discovery and learning.

Prizes include a family trip to New York City, a Scholastic Study Corner Makeover, a tablet with Scholastic apps, a library of Scholastic books and more! Everyone who plays can also download free digital stories for their family.

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  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    That is awesome. I love keeping my kids reading over the summer. I don’t want their brains to rot away.

  2. Sounds like a fun way to keep the kiddos motivated! As for my household I can’t get them to stop reading! Always looking for more books to keep up with as fast as they are reading them!

  3. I miss the days when my kids could be in summer reading clubs! Now they’re too old! My daughter still reads a lot, but my son would rather play his guitar. This is a great program. I love that they have a suggested list too.

  4. As a reading specialist, I am a strong advocate of any and all reading programs. Scholastic’s program is without question always the best!

  5. This sounds like a wonderful summer challenge for kids to take on. I love how they do this each year.

  6. This is a great challenge, having them keep up reading is important. It helps them learn new words and remember lots.

  7. I love this, my fifth grader is an avid reader. I allow him to select books that will make him laugh (he is really into comics) but I also make him select chapter books. I want to make sure he is reading a solid amount of content. He has been doing the Scholastic Readers during the school year as homework/classwork. This is perfect to take into the summer. Thanks for sharing.

  8. It’s a great program to educate kids and encourage them to read. I love that it’s free so everyone can join without much hesitation.

  9. Danielle K

    That’s a great reading list. I know my son absolutely loves books that make him last, but I didn’t realize that’s what kids like most with books. Good to know 🙂

  10. We love reading challenges at our house! Love this idea! I am big into keeping our kids reading in the summer time. It’s so important to keep their skills up in the summer time. What a great program!

  11. Chasity L Boatman

    I LOVED doing this when I was a kid!! I’ll be so excited when my son is old enough to be able to do the Scholastic summer reading challenge.

  12. My little girl is 4 and reads chapter books! I ‘d love to use this to reward her for her hard work! She’s an excellent reader!

  13. Summer reading is so important to keep the kids sharp over the summer. Thanks for sharing these.

  14. Although I did not know about this program, we started our summer reading yeaterday since ,my kids are off to school already.

  15. I love the “Power Up and Read” slogan! As an avid reader who learned to love reading at an early age, I think it’s so important to introduce kids to reading and to have fun books around that make them laugh. What a fun summer reading program!

  16. This is great. I may do this or something like it for my kiddos this summer. I love keeping them reading! They all LOVE reading!

  17. I love the summer reading challenge. What a great motivator to get the kids reading this summer!

  18. I had no idea that 70% of kids want to read something funny. What an interesting stat! Thanks for sharing the reading log. Great idea.

  19. I love Scholastics. My kids love reading and this sounds like a fun reading challenge for the summer!

  20. I plan on getting my kids to read again this summer. I did this last year with my daughter and it helped her a ton.

  21. I am loving this chart. It will help me keep my little one on track with her reading

  22. I love that Scholastic has this great Summer reading challenge! And I love the included reading list – there’s a lot of great titles on it!

  23. The boychild loves scholastic. I’m definitely going to have to pick him up some things this summer.

  24. Rosey

    I never thought about the laughing measure for book selection. I can see it though, definitely. 🙂

  25. I absolutely love this idea! I think it’s so important for kids to keep up with their reading during the summer!

  26. CourtneyLynne

    Omg this sounds like such a great way to keep kids reading threw the summer! I remember reading programs when I was a kid and they didn’t seem nearly as cool as this!

  27. Great program! Reading and math are the two subjects we continue on through the summer months. Will definitely look into this reading program for our boys.

  28. Debbie Snell

    I take my kids to the local library reading and activities program during school holidays. And we read and go to the library regularly Reading is so importment

  29. Evan

    I won second drawing and the second prize.Tablet and $125 books thankyou energizer and scholastic.

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