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Bookworms wanted to help break a world record for summer reading

Scholastic summer reading challenge
Scholastic summer reading challenge
Scholastic

Starting Monday May 5th at 9;00 a.m. EST over half a million kids will be able to start logging the number of minutes they spend reading. From the numbers coming in so far, it looks like it's going to be a huge summer for young book lovers.

Scholastic announced that over 500,000 students from over 21,000 classrooms have been registered by their teachers to participate in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. This free summer reading program invites children, ages 4 to 14 to help set a NEW world record for summer reading.

When the program launches, kids will be able to log their reading minutes and register to win prizes. They can watch videos of authors, astronauts, and scientists and constellations will light up the website. Students will also be able to search for their schools on an interactive map to see how their numbers are stacking up against other schools.

On Monday Scholastic is also launching a Facebook content calendar. This will offer parents a free reading resources each day throughout the summer. The 2014 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge theme is “Reading Under the Stars” and offers free reading resources for kids, parents and teachers. There will be articles, printables as well as a giveaway every Friday.

Also going live on the same day is the Reading Timer App. This application allows readers to time their reading with an interactive stop watch, it also includes new tips, articles, and book recommendations for parents.

Lastly, at 9:00 p.m. EST Monday, Scholastic is hosting a Virtual Book Swap on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page. According to the event page “Book gurus Lori Ess and Betsy Bird will be sharing their favorite children's books—spooky stories, campfire reads, and books about space! Bring your recommendations. Expect giveaways!”