Summertime Reading with Scholastic & a Giveaway


I created this post as a part of my partnership with Scholastic, all opinions are my own.


The parting of July can feel like the end of summer in many regards. School supplies are prominent at stores and back-to-school commercials are abundant on TV. For some areas the school year will officially begin the first week of August. Luckily for my crew, summer isn’t really over. We have the full month of August to relish in all those last sunny moments.


We spent the sweltering days of July busy with a multitude of activities.   Swimming, camping, bike riding—these are the sorts of things little boys live to do. Mixed in with all this summer fun were quiet moments with a good book. I previously explain my tactic to develop a reading space with a variety of books at my boys’ easy disposal. This idea came to fruition with great success. But there were other settings and other situations where a good book was also enjoyed this month. As part of my Scholastic partnership I documented where we were reading throughout the month. Accompanied by our trusty little Energizer bunny my fellas took books with them to a variety of locations.


In the car! I’ve long been a fan of providing books for little ones in the car. Consider your kids a captive audience to the wonder of books in these situations. I have two bags full of books hanging in the garage to conveniently toss into the van. I don’t want you to think it’s all magic and roses with quiet contented kids in my vehicle. Yes, they read books. But they fight over them. It’s moments of peace and quiet with bouts of screaming and crying. Just keepin’ it real.


At bedtime! We almost always read books to my two younger sons at bedtime. This quiet connectedness is a great way to end the day. Though I must confess it’s a struggle for me to stay awake sometimes. There isn’t anything more sleep inducing than being snuggled up next to the warm little bodies of your children.

When my eldest son was a toddler I would spend an hour uninterrupted reading to him. Unfortunately those days are gone, but I refuse to give up story time at bedtime. No matter how busy my kids become and ultimately how old they get, a story at bedtime is a good thing.


Under a tree! It can be hard to appreciate nature all year long in Minnesota. The winter winds can be brutal, but summer is a fabulous time to enjoy the outdoors. I have the blessing to work full-time from home for my job and I frequently like to take my virtual meetings outside under a soothing tree while siting on my front porch. I encourage my children to take advantage of this same comfy sofa and snuggle up to a good book. This is the epitome of lazy summer days- lounging on a porch reading a good book. Of course, don’t forget a cozy friend or in our case a cozy Energizer bunny.


Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Are you logging your children’s reading minutes this summer with Scholastic? It’s still not too late to sign up for the summer reading program. Log your kids’ minutes to earn prizes and participate in the ultimate summer reading challenge. Logging our minutes on Scholastic has been a great way to keep track of our reading. I’ve also been able to chart our books as part of our local library’s reading program. My middle son won tickets to the MN State Fair through that program, the lucky duck.

Sign up for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Find more Scholastic Resources to keep your kids reading all summer long!

Learn more about the Energizer® Instant Win Game

Follow @Scholastic on Twitter

Like the Energizer® Bunny on Facebook

Follow the hashtag #SummerReading

Monday Minutes In an effort to log as many minutes as possible through the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge AND to break the world record for summer reading, Scholastic is setting special weekly goals for young readers. Every Monday we’ll be announcing a #MondayMinutesGoal, the number of minutes for kids to read together in one week (by the following Monday).

Whether your child or student is reading independently aloud or together with you, share their success and keep the momentum going! Here’s how:

–          Have your child log his/her minutes on the SRC website or on a paper log/piece of paper

–          Take a picture of him/her proudly displaying their minutes

–          Share it on social using #MondayMinutesGoal and #SummerReading!


Power Up & Read- This year’s challenge theme is “Power Up & Read,” encouraging kids to read all summer long and unlock 12 original short stories by bestselling children’s authors as kids reach reading milestones. Scholastic has joined together with ENERGIZER® to power the Summer Reading Challenge and encourage families to find innovative ways to discover the power and joy of reading. Parents can sign up kids beginning May 4, 2015 and runs through September 4, 2015.

Scholastic has kindly offered one lucky Mama Report reader an INNOVATION BOOK PACKET to help your family enjoy summer reading.

INNOVATION BOOK PACKET, a collection of Scholastic titles showcasing wonderful fiction and nonfiction books for kids to get lost in a great story about the world of science, STEM and inventions.


  • The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  • Extreme Science Careers
  • Extreme Experiments
  • Plus Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge materials including reading logs, pledges, bookmarks, and more!

{US winners only, prizing provided by Scholastic} 

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  1. Anne Perry says

    No… we read daily.

  2. No- we are doing a program at our local library.

  3. We haven’t yet, but it looks like a great program. Love scholastic!

  4. We are participating. My favorite aspect of the program is that we can help set a new reading
    world record! Awesome.

  5. NO we are not.

  6. D Schmidt says

    We are taking part in the challenge and our favorite part is the free book lists and activities.

  7. No we don’t but I will look into it ,

  8. Jenny Stanek says

    I actually haven’t heard of this before today so we haven’t taken part yet. I love that you can earn badges and rewards, that keeps kids motivated!

  9. No – but the BN and local Library programs

  10. No but we are participating in the programs at the Library

  11. Vicki Wurgler says

    nope I like you can get rewards

  12. Tabathia B says

    No we aren’t taking the scholastic challenge

  13. Angela W says

    No we are not doing the challenge but we are reading daily.

  14. Heather Hayes Panjon says

    No We Are Not Participating In The Scholastic Summer Reading Program, I Like That The Program Offers Book Lists And Activities.

  15. Not currently. I like that it’s educational.

  16. Laura Unger says

    No, we aren’t doing this one, but we are doing one through my son’s school. We have always read books daily though and both of my kids love books!

  17. Jeanna Massman says

    No, but as a retired teacher/librarian, I have been involved with it in the past!

  18. No, we have not signed up

  19. We did not sign up for this reading program. I like the Monday Minutes goals.

  20. sandra davis says

    No but my kids read all the time. But it is a great program to keep kids interested in reading all summer.

  21. Cassandra Eastman says

    I’m just now hearing about it but we’ll have to do it next year! I love how it makes it fun for kids to log their reading hours encouraging them to read more.

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