Summer Reading Ideas: Scholastic Takes Over Penguins + Pajamas Tomorrow Night

2015-Summer-Reading-Challenge-logoScholastic is taking over the popular Penguins + Pajamas slumber party at the California Academy of Sciences tomorrow night, June 5, as the Summer Reading Challenge moves into high gear. Scholastic has released age-appropriate reading lists as suggestions to help inspire kids to get excited about reading over the summer break. Adults look forward to summer reading, so why shouldn’t kids?

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge already has over one million kids signed up with the goal of avoiding a summer slide if kids don’t keep up their reading skills during time off from school. For kids who may be struggling with reading, taking a summer off can really hurt. Also, it’s a great way to help build a fun habit. Scholastic turns summer reading into a challenge with prizes and acknowledgement to help motivate kids to continue reading. Prizes this year include author visits for top performing schools, free books, certificates, and more. It’s free to sign up for the challenge. Power Up and Read is the theme for the CAS overnight with Scholastic as a partner and you can bet there will be bedtime reading.

Many of the books my kids love are on Scholastic’s recommended reading list, but a few that my son has recently fallen in love with are missing. He’s just made the transition from preferring graphic novels to traditional chapter books as he’s devoured the Spy School books by Stuart Gibbs. For graphic novels, the historical books (hazardous tales) by Nathan Hale have been riveting, the kind of book my son wants to preorder to ensure he’s able to read it right away.

The recommendations are broken down by ages: 0-2, 3-5, 6-7, 8-10, 11-13, and Young Adult. The perennial favorites are there, like Harry Potter, 39 Clues, and Big Nate, but I appreciated seeing 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass. My daughter has enjoyed many of Wendy Mass’ books, especially those that skew a little older.

Available spots remain for tomorrow night’s CAS slumber party, beginning at 6 p.m. Cost is $89/member and $109/nonmember.

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