Scholastic, Inc. has announced that its "Summer Reading Buzz" Web site is up and running as of May 9. Scholastic has created this online community at http://www.scholastic.com/summerreading to encourage reading throughout the summer. This site, for kids, parents, and librarians nationwide, has been created to help combat what is known as the "Summer Slump." The Summer Reading Buzz site will have cool activities and contests for kids, informative tips and tools for parents, and downloable materials for librarians to make summer reading enjoyable and fun, according to Scholastic.
Kids can register to create their own Reading Log to track how many books they've read over the summer, for a chance to win prizes such as family round trip airline tickets to the destination of their choice (within the continental US and Caribbean) provided by American Airlines, Firefly cell phones, and gift certificates from the National Basketball Association. The Buzz Reader Meter will track how many books kids read throughout the summer, and for every book read, Scholastic will donate a book to "KIDS," the Kids in Distressed Situations charity. Other features of the campaign include book trivia quizzes, e-cards, message boards, word hunts, and weekly polls.
Parents will find advice on how to prevent the "Summer Slump," with age-appropriate booklists, interactive tours on "How to Make Your Home Reading Central," topical articles, special discounts from The Scholastic Store Online, and more. Parents can also find virtual instructional videos that will also be posted on the site to demonstrate the best ways to read aloud to children.
There is also a special site for librarians and teachers with bulletin board decorations, printable summer reading logs, posters, and bookmarks. Librarians can also find special age appropriate summer book lists to share with parents and kids and a list of featured books especially for libraries.
Source: Scholastic, Inc., http://www.scholastic.com