Scholastic Summer Reading Program #SummerReading

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 day arrived, we were ready to host our Reading Under the Stars event in support and promotion of Scholastic Summer Reading Program and Summer Reading Challenge to get kids reading and ready for school! The parent packet was ready, the children packet was ready and we waited for our guests to arrive.

Scholastic Summer Reading Under the Stars #SummerReading

My children have been trying to keep up their reading this Summer and there is an app that you can use to track how many minutes your child is reading, just like I have been using. It’s called the Reading Timer App and can be downloaded on the Scholastic Summer reading website. Each of the children who attended our Reading Under the Stars Event also went home with a flashlight, provided by EVEREADY®.

Whether you are for or against the common core standards, they are indeed there and they are encouraging schools nationwide to kick up their reading and learning requirements -

  • It has been shown that Summer Slide accounts for 85% of the reading achievement gap between lower income students and their middle to upper income peers.
  • Summer reading lag can accumulate up to be an approximate two-year lag in reading by the time the child reaches middle school.
  • Children in third grade who cannot read at grade level are less likely to graduate high school by age 18 when compared to proficient readers.

Scholastic Summer Reading Under the Stars #SummerReading

It is vitally important to get children to read ahead, encouraging a love in reading is how I raised my trio here. I have read to all three children since the day they were born and now, at ages 11, 7 and 5 they are lovers of books {for the most part}. My son’s have to have a book that really intrigues them while my daughter could read any encyclopedia sized novel in just a couple of days if it were about astrology or Greek Mythology! The best way to ensure that your child doesn’t fall into that Summer Slide in the reading and learning department is to partake in reading programs all Summer long, that is why Scholastic came up with this Summer Reading Challenge – so more families could have a chance to get their kids reading while having a goal set in place in a fun, fabulous way!

Scholastic Summer Reading Under the Stars #SummerReading

My family decided to do our part this Summer and get some kids together for a Reading Under the Stars event, and sadly we planned it a wee bit too early to catch the stars in the sky, but everyone was at my home until about 10pm at night enjoy a wide range of fun. We started off by letting the boys get in a bit of electronic time, because my middle child has autism and is in that “routine” of when a friend comes over they do get to play on the PS3 for a bit, so we allowed that while the adults and older kids gabbed for bit.

Scholastic Summer Reading Under the Stars #SummerReading

After that, we got all the kiddos outside and these photos were captured of the group while they waited for the fire to start; we had a camp fire to roast hotdogs over and make smores over! When we party, we party! This time it was Scholastic Book style partying though! After everyone had their smores. We played a bit more …

Scholastic Summer Reading Under the Stars #SummerReading

Then the kids sat down around the older two girls and the girls read a story to them. Sure, the boys were not having this “story reading time” idea, they are like “no way are we sitting to read a book!” I get it, friends are over, you want to run, you want to play. So us Moms made the deal – you sit and read this book, or at least listen to Ki and Chey read it, then you can go play tag, eat blueberries from the blueberry bushes and whatever, but we are having story time even if we don’t have stars to read under right now. The boys sat.

Scholastic Summer Reading Under the Stars #SummerReading

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free, online/mobile reading program that helps prepare kids for back-to-school by encouraging them to read every day all summer long. So head over to check out the Scholastic Summer Reading Website in full details, there are things for kids, things for parents and even an area for teachers!

The parents of the children who attended my event went home with packets full of information about the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and I can only hope that they take part in this fabulous program!

Like Scholastic Parents on Facebook Follow Scholastic on Twitter and Instagram Follow the Summer Reading Challenge Pinterest Board Like the Summer Reading Challenge YouTube Playlist

So, tell me, how do YOU get your kids to continue reading during the Summer months?

I wrote more details about this program prior, so CLICK HERE to read my previous post regarding Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

Kellogg’s and Scholastic Giveaway Winner Announced

The winner for the Kellogg’s and Scholastic giveaway is —

William Saylor

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Kellogg’s & Scholastic Book Clubs Offer Giveaway

Today I am offering a quick giveaway, because it has to end by November 30, 2012. This is a fun way to get more books into the house and I am happy to fully support this campaign!

My family received a package of Kellogg’s Products and Scholastic Books to read (and eat)  together. Thankfully my family loves to read together and have put our books we received to good use.

My youngest just loves Clifford the Big Red Dog books and so to receive the Clifford’s Manners book was an awesome surprise! This is not only good because the K-man loves Clifford but he also could use some hidden secrets/lessons about manners.  You would be shocked what some kids learn just from reading books, sure can they get similar messages from movies? Maybe. But a book? Is well worth the lessons learned and quality time spent together!

That is what Kellogg’s and Scholastic have teamed up to do, encourage a love of reading with your little one. Kids are more apt to read if they have chosen a book on their own, my daughter is ten and still would much prefer to pick her own books (usually about Greek Mythology) or else she won’t really get into the book and struggle with her reading time.

Kellogg’s understands the positive impact reading at home every day can have on students’ success in the classroom. That’s why they’ve partnered with Walmart and Scholastic Book Clubs. With the purchase of specially marked Kellogg’s products at Walmart stores, parents can redeem a coupon for a free Scholastic book of their child’s choice.

And since nine out of 10 kids are more likely to finish a book they choose themselves, letting your little ones pick the books they love can help build daily reading habits. To further encourage in-home reading, parents can access free reading resources at, part of Scholastic’s Read Every Day global literacy campaign.

Tips for Engaging Reading at Home

  • Make reading a social event: Family book clubs can be a great way to turn reading into a social activity while incorporating family and friends.
  • Let your kids have a say: Let kids choose which books they want to read. Nine out of 10 children say they are more likely to finish books they choose themselves, according to Scholastic’s 2010 Kids and Family Reading Report.
  • Start the day right: Breakfast can help kids boost their academic performance by increasing their focus. Before heading out the door for school, have a complete breakfast. Cereal, fruit and milk is a convenient option that kids love.
  • Turn reading into a fun family experience: Add fun to reading by having an animated, read-out-loud session during an after-school break with snacks such as Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars or curling up with a great story before bedtime.

So there you have it, tips on how you can start or continue with a love of reading in your home and with your children. If you already have book lovers, I am proud of you! If you do not already have book lovers, remember it is never too late. Sure those teens do not want to sit and read a book, but what if they pick their book and work on reading an interesting series? Engage your teen, make the rewards worth their effort to continue on in reading their own series of books! You can do it, I know you can!

Today – one lucky person will be randomly selected after 12am EST on November 30, 2012 to win a prize package of Kellogg’s Products and Scholastic Books! The giveaway is open to US residents only! Use the rafflecopter form below to enter!

Using the Rafflecopter form below is easy, use name/email to log in or Facebook for login. Rafflecopter will not use your email or access for anything other than giving me a way to contact you should you be the randomly chosen winner!  Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another person will be randomly selected.

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Disclaimer: Kellogg Company® has provided me with a Kellogg’s-Scholastic Book Club kit to conduct a reader giveaway. However, my opinions about the product are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments toward Kellogg Company or its products.

Chuggington Titles from Scholastic

My family is all about new books and reading daily, every single night we read in this house, whether it is myself or Ki reading to the boys or Ki reading out loud to me for her 20 minutes of reading every night we love our books! As a Chuggington Conductor my family received a copy of each of the new Chuggington titles from Scholastic back in December 2010!

The Chugger Championship

Ages 3 years and up. Approximate retail price is $3.99 available January 2011. It’s time for the big train race! Will Wilson or Koko be the first chugger across the finish line?

All Around Chuggington

Ages 3 years and up. Approximate retail price is $9.99 available January 2011. Kids will love being a part of the traintastic action in this interactive lift the flap board book.

I have to say this is my son AJ’s favorite book. He is four years old and enjoys lifting the flaps through out the book which means it takes a little longer for our bedtime story together time but it is all worth it to see his face light up with an interest in a book!

Welcome to Chuggington

Ages 3 years and up. Approximate retail price $8.99 Available January 2011. Join Wilson for an exciting tour of Chuggington! Board book.

Let’s Ride the Rails!

Ages 3 years and up. Approximate retail price $6.99 available January 2011. Readers can help the chuggers earn their train skill badges – and collect their own sticker badges along the way. Sticker book.

Wilson and the Ice Cream Fair

Ages 3 years and up. Approximate retail price $3.99 available January 2011. It’s up to Wilson to deliver the ice cream. Will he make it to the fair on time?

This is my son Baby K’s favorite book. At age two he enjoys the anticipation behind wondering if Wilson will make it to the fair in time or not. I enjoy watching his face beam as I read on and on until we reach the end and find out if Wilson made it in time or not.

Purchase your own Chuggington Titles:

Obviously these are mostly available on Scholastic website by clicking here.

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