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Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge gets kids reading with fun interactive website; free tools for parents include a reading guide, reading timer app, Facebook daily calendar, Google+ chats and more
NEW YORK, June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for summer vacation, Scholastic unveils free summer reading resources for parents to help enhance their children's reading and learning skills all summer long at scholastic.com/summer. Available now are: a free summer reading guide for families with age-specific summer booklists and summer reading activities; a free Scholastic Reading Timer app to track kids' reading minutes; daily tips and a chance to win prizes on the Scholastic Facebook Summer Calendar; and a live Google+ hangout with parenting bloggers Amy Mascot of Teach Mama and Allie McDonald of No Time for Flashcards on June 19. This is all part of the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge – a free, global online summer reading program where children can log their reading minutes to earn rewards and help set a new world record for summer reading.
FREE Summer Reading Tools for Parents:
"Now more than ever, summer reading is a priority for all kids so that they don't fall behind and lose core skills," said Maggie McGuire, VP of Parents & Kids Channels at Scholastic. "Our free summer reading resources are designed to help parents keep the joy in reading, make it easy to find books kids will love and encourage kids to read more by participating in our global campaign to break the world record for summer reading."
Now in its 8th year, the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge aims to prevent the effects of the "summer slide" – the learning losses that can occur during the summer months. As part of the online reading program, children read to earn digital badges and take the extra "Chapter Challenge" to win a chapter from a favorite book franchise. This year's summer reading theme is Reading Under the Stars, and is powered by EVEREADY®, the maker of batteries and flashlights, to encourage families to discover new and fun ways to explore reading outside this summer. The 20 U.S. schools with the most reading minutes recorded by September 5 will be featured in the 2015 Scholastic Book of World Records. Bestselling author Gordon Korman (The Hypnotists) and bestselling author-illustrator David Shannon (Bugs in My Hair!) will visit the U.S. middle school and U.S. elementary school, respectively, with the most minutes logged.
For more information about Scholastic and the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, please visit the Scholastic media room at mediaroom.scholastic.com.
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