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Kids Break the World Record for Summer Reading with Over 100 Million Minutes Read!

Since May 6, kids around the world have been reading and logging minutes for the Scholastic Summer Challenge, a free program designed to keep kids reading, thus preventing the “summer slide”—a loss of academic skills when students are not in school. We’re excited to announce that kids have broken the world record for summer reading minutes! Kids around the world have logged over 100 MILLION minutes, smashing last summer’s record of 95,859,491 minutes!

We broke the world record, but we’re still reading and logging minutes until September 6. By logging their minutes, kids earn virtual rewards, enter to win prizes, and contribute toward their school’s total number of minutes. At the end of the summer, the 20 schools with the most reading minutes will be featured in the 2014 edition of the Scholastic Book of World Records, and the school that logs the most minutes will win a visit from Captain Underpants author Dav Pilkey.

The Scholastic Summer Challenge also provides free resources that parents and caregivers can use to support and motivate their kids’ summer reading, including age-appropriate summer reading lists with titles chosen to help students prepare to meet the Common Core State Standards. The Scholastic Parents Facebook page has launched a new content calendar that provides free daily expert tips and articles, activities, discounts on books, and special Friday giveaways. Parents can also help their kids log their reading minutes on the go with the Scholastic Reading Timer, a free mobile app that allows kids to keep track of the time they spend reading.

Keep up the good work! Let’s see how many more minutes can we read this summer!

 

Bio about Author:  Nadia Almahdi works in the corporate communications department at Scholastic.

 

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