Reading Under the Stars with Scholastic #SummerReading

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine.

One month ago, my daughters both accepted the Summer Reading Challenge.  Now in its 8th year, the challenge is dedicated to stopping the “Summer Slide” and getting kids to read throughout the summer months when school is out. We have always had a dedicated reading time before bed, but now we are logging minutes for a cause.

I helped each girl create an online account and they began tracking their number of minutes read.  The goal?  To help Read for the World RecordThrough this program, Scholastic inspired more than 130,000 kids from 4,200 schools in all 50 States and 31 countries to set a new record for summer reading of 176 million-plus minutes in 2013 and this year kids are being challenged to break the record.  So far, kids around the globe have logged over 172,000,000 minutes making the 2014 goal within reach.

To help my girls log additional minutes, I decided to spice things up.  This year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme is “Reading Under the Stars” so I thought it would be fun to take the books outside for a change of scenery. Because this year’s theme is powered by EVEREADY, the maker of batteries and flashlights, to encourage families to discover new and fun ways to explore reading, we headed to the backyard with flashlights to add minutes to the record.

My daughters thought snuggling in a sleeping bag, enjoying the beautiful stars and snacking on some popcorn while reading their favorite books was a ton of fun!  In fact, it was so much fun that they have requested a “Reading Under the Stars” Slumber Party before school begins.  What a great way to encourage summer reading!

if your kids want to join in the summer fun?  Get more information at and start contributing minutes to reach the 2014 challenge.  How do you encourage your child to read?


  1. Aww! That’s such a cute idea – and a great cause!

  2. What a great idea to mix things up and make reading even more fun. Thanks for sharing the information. I believe making sure they read in the summer is very important also.

  3. I a big fan of summer reading! Working for a school system, I’m all to familiar with the consequences of not exercising your brain for a couple of months. 🙂 You’ve come up with an awesome way to make reading fun and, my goodness, what an adorable photo! Thanks, Bridgette!

  4. Gracious! From the looks of my grammar and typos – evidently I need to come over and read with the girls!

  5. I’ve been waiting patiently for my son to sit still long enough to read with me, and it’s finally here! I’m so excited for summer reading this year! It’s so important.

  6. I LOVE this idea!! I could totally do something like that with the girls. They struggle so much with reading, this would be awesome.

  7. Oh how I love to read under the stars…I especially love to read to the grandkids!!! I love the idea of headlamps!!!

  8. My kids would LOVE this! Great idea!

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