Government officials across America are making a commitment to getting kids reading this summer.
Thirty-nine Governors’ Spouses representing the U.S. and U.S. territories, along with 3 Governors and 1 Lieutenant Governor have signed on as “Reading Ambassadors” for the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.
The initiative aims to help support literacy in their states and encourage children and families to read throughout the summer months.
To show their commitment, many Reading Ambassadors will discuss the importance of summer reading through reading events held at local schools and each Ambassador will deliver 500 new books donated by Scholastic on their behalf to schools in need.
Now in its 10th year, the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free global reading program aimed at keeping kids reading all summer long.
Schools and families can enroll children for free, and throughout the summer as kids read books, they can log their reading minutes, unlock stories from some of their favorite authors, earn digital rewards and learn about new books to read.
This year’s theme, “Be A Reading Superhero,” encourages kids to be the best independent readers they can be and achieve a “summer leap” — a gain in reading skills that will help students prepare to tackle the upcoming school year.
At the end of the summer, the school in each state with the most reading minutes recorded by September 9 will be named “Best in State” and will be featured in the 2017 Scholastic Book of World Records.
Teachers, schools and families can register their children in grades K–8 and access free summer reading resources.
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