Since 2009, Scholastic has held its Summer Reading Challenge to keep kids excited about books. So far, kids have logged more than one billion reading minutes worldwide in the global online program. For this year summer’s program, the theme is “Be A Reading Superhero.” Besides logging their minutes online, kids will also get to unlock stories from authors who will reveal how they became reading superheroes. As part of the Reading Challenge, the school in each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia that has tallied the most reading minutes will be named “Best in State,” earn a place in the 2017 Scholastic Book of World Records and receive a school plaque and an official Scholastic party kit.
Scholastic is also raising the reading bar by introducing its first Summer Reading Road Trip. Two tricked out RVs will crisscross the country through the end of July, racking up more than 10,000 miles as they stop in nearly 30 cities. At each stop there will be free “pop-up” book festivals, which could include author appearances, craft activities, giveaways, costumed characters and an animated “gif” photo booth featuring Clifford the Big Red Dog and Slappy from “Goosebumps.”
The RV will stop at Vroman’s Bookstore (695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 28, and at Virginia Avenue Park (2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica) from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 2 for a pop-up event sponsored by the park, Children’s Book World and the Santa Monica Public Library. Visit www.scholastic.com/summer for more details on Scholastic’s summer programs.
PBS SoCal also wants kids to stay hungry for knowledge this summer. The TV station has teamed up with LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes to celebrate the 2nd Annual National Summer Learning Day June 25. Taking place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at LA Plaza (501 N. Main St., L.A.), this free community event offers a day of hands-on learning activities, giveaways and photo opportunities with PBS KIDS characters Curious George and Jet from Ready Jet Go! For additional information, go to www.pbssocal.org.