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Every summer we like a little external motivation and one of our favorite programs is the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. For the past 9 years, this free online reading program has encouraged kids to read throughout the summer months when school is out to avoid the dreaded summer slide.
This year’s challenge theme is “Power Up & Read,” powered by Energizer ® and as part of the challenge, we were issued a photo challenge for the month of July. We received three packs of goodies to open on different weeks throughout the month to encourage us to go on reading adventures with our Energizer Bunny as we chronicled our summer reading adventures on Instagram.
This month we spent a lot of time reading outside. In between the hot and steamy days that characters Washington, D.C. in the summer, we had some glorious days that reminded me of the San Francisco Bay Area where I grew up. Cool mornings and no humidity were perfect for outdoor reading!
On days where it was almost too quiet in the house, I knew I could find the kids outside reading in the afternoon shade on our front porch. Dav Pilkey books are a favorite and one day I found him with a book from the Ricky Ricotta Mighty Robot series.
Reading a bit each morning helps my kids keep up with #summerreading work sent home by school. Today the Energizer Bunny wanted to listen to Ricky Ricotta, a favorite @scholasticinc book! #ad A photo posted by Leticia Barr (@techsavvymama) on
There were days where we read indoors but dreamt about adventures thanks to what we were reading. The kids dug into the The Magic School Bus Jumping into Electricity field trip kit that came and had fun talking about where they would want to go with Mrs. Frizzle as they read about electricity before cooperating to do the kit’s activities.
One night before bed, our youngest must have wanted go to bed with sweet dreams of the beach because I found him on the couch under a blanket with Elisha Cooper’s beautiful book, Beach.
Last night he made himself a cozy spot after dive practice to do some reading before bed! I hope he had sweet dreams about the beach! @scholasticinc #summerreading #ad #latergram A photo posted by Leticia Barr (@techsavvymama) on
This past week the kids were up early and home late with long days at their favorite camp but each morning they’d grab a book and head out to the front porch to read as they waited for carpool.
Introducing Monday Minutes
In an effort to log as many minutes as possible through the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and to break the world record for summer reading, Scholastic is setting special weekly goals for young readers. Every Monday we’ll be announcing a #MondayMinutesGoal, the number of minutes for kids to read together in one week (by the following Monday).
Whether your child or student is reading independently aloud or together with you, let’s share their success and keep the momentum going! Here’s how:
- Have your child log his/her minutes on the SRC website or on a paper log/piece of paper
- Take a picture of him/her proudly displaying their minutes
- Share it on social using #MondayMinutesGoal and #SummerReading!
Scholastic Innovation Book Packet Giveaway
Our kids loved getting packages throughout the month that helped them maintain an interest in reading and Scholastic would like to send some reading fun to your house too! Scholastic’s Innovation Book Packet showcases wonderful fiction and nonfiction titles for kids to get lost in a great story as they read about the world of science, STEM, and inventions.
One winner will receive an Innovation Book Packet from Scholastic that contains:
- The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret (one of Emily’s favorite books that her 3rd grade teacher introduced her to!)
- Extreme Science Careers
- Extreme Experiments
- Plus Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge materials including reading logs, pledges, bookmarks, and more! It’s not too late to sign up for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge!
To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below!
For more information:
- Sign up for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
- Find more Scholastic Resources to keep your kids reading all summer long!
- Learn more about the Energizer® Instant Win Game
- Follow @Scholastic on Twitter
- Like the Energizer® Bunny on Facebook
Images courtesy of Scholastic. I am a member of the Scholastic Circle and receive books and other products from Scholastic for my involvement. All opinions are my own. Amazon Affiliate links included in this post.