Scholastic, a publisher and distributor of children’s books, announced the ninth year of its Summer Reading Challenge. The free online/mobile reading program is dedicated to stopping the “Summer Slide” by encouraging kids to read throughout the summer months.
Starting May 4, kids can unlock 12 original short stories from bestselling children’s authors, including Blue Balliett, Patrik Henry Bass, Varian Johnson, Gordon Korman, Michael Northtrop, Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pierce, Roland Smith, R. L. Stine, Tui T. Sutherland, Lauren Tarshis, Wendy Wan-Long Shang and Jude Watson.
Students can read and log minutes, earn digital badges and rewards, and help set a new world record for summer reading. Students can also play a new “Innovation Machine” story starter game.
Parents can find articles, tips and resources, including a summer book list for every age and theme.
The Summer Reading Challenge ends on September 4. For more information, visit bit.ly/1OYuNUs.