The 2013 K12 Week Summer Reading Challenge
It’s summertime, and we want to help you and your family prevent summer learning loss! According to Summerlearning.org, "All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer."
To do our part to minimize learning loss so your family isn't heading back to school with a sunburned brain, we created the K12 Week Summer Reading Challenge!
This 12 week challenge can be done on the beach, in a hammock, or in a sunroom; all you have to do is to carry a book with you at all times, so you can read whenever and wherever the feeling hits!
Here’s how it works:
1. Yes, it's open to parents, students, friends, grandparents, and anyone that can read a book!
2. Read 12 books over the designated 12 week period.
3. The challenge runs from June 10, 2013 through August 30, 2013.
4. Participants may join at any time but the goal is to read at least 12 books.
5. All books are acceptable --picture, youth, young adult, adult, etc.
6. All forms of books are acceptable including e-books, audio books, etc.
7. Re-reading books is fine as long as they are re-read sometime during the duration of the challenge.
8. IMPORTANT STEP: Each Friday during the challenge, return to our blog and leave a comment on the weekly challenge post with a short review of the book you read.
9. Keep track of the books you read during the challenge.
10. At the end of the challenge, post the full list of all the books read during the challenge ! That should be 12 books total!
To make this even more rewarding and fun, at the end of the challenge, we will be giving away 100 Summer Reading Challenge bookmarks.
To be entered into our random drawing to receive 1 of the 100 bookmarks available:
- Share at least one of your book reviews as detailed above.
- Make sure to leave any comments using your email address (as Guest) or social profile, so we are able to get in touch with you!
- The more book reviews you share, the more chances you have of being chosen.
We will be using an online randomizer to choose the recipients. Please note: we have a limited number of bookmarks available, so once we have given away 100 – that’s it.
And to make it even more enticing to participate, anyone who completes the entire 12 week challenge, which means you have read at least 12 books and have shared at least one book review on our blog every week during the challenge, will be entered into a random drawing to receive one of five K12laptop bags we have available.
Commissioner of the New York State Education Department John B. King, Jr. says that ‘By providing summer reading programs, [we] can provide young people and their parents with the tools necessary to ensure year-long learning success and cultivate a love of reading.’
- K¹² Summer Reading List
- 2012 K¹² Week Summer Reading Challenge
- thinktanK12 blog: Reading
- Reading Rockets: Summer Reading Resources
- Five Keys to Help Your Child Choose Summer Reading