Scholastic has again launched its annual Summer Reading Challenge for kids around the world. Now in its sixth year, the success of the challenge has grown, and kids from different countries throughout the world have already broken the reading record.

The Scholastic Summer Challenge is a free reading program offered by Scholastic to different schools and kids throughout the world. The program aims to keep children reading even while they are out of school during the summer, so they will continue to stimulate and enhance their minds and prepare for the next school year.  The goal is to prevent the “summer slide” of losing academic skills due to inactivity.

Kids who participate in the program can log into the website each time they read a book, earn virtual rewards, and enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win prizes. They can also register with their school, so their minutes can be added to the school’s total reading minutes. The top twenty schools with the most minutes will be featured in the 2013 edition of the Scholastic Book of World Records.

Kids have already logged in more than 75 million minutes of reading books, which has already broken last year’s record of 64,213,141 minutes…and the challenge isn’t even over yet.  Kids can still increase their minutes this year because there are two more weeks to go. The summer reading challenge will end on August 31, 2012.

-Julie Griffin
Author of the upcoming book
Cristina Gradina, The Girl With The Ten Busy Toes