Enter the “Weekly Reader: Summer Express” workbook giveaway!

Thank you to Tara Welty, Vice President, Group Editorial Director and Editor of Teacher Magazine, ART Magazine and Teacher Resources, for this post!


My favorite part of my job is visiting with teachers and learning about their important work. I’m constantly looking for ways that our team at Scholastic can help them out. Teachers are busy! The perfect resource at the perfect moment can be a real lifesaver.

 One frequent pain point I hear in these conversations is that teachers spend far too much time on review at the start of the school year. The data backs this up. Studies show that teachers spend the first six weeks of school reviewing content and skills taught the previous year.

 How can we prevent this summer learning loss? One important way is with summer reading. The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge™ is a great motivator. Kids love logging their reading minutes and unlocking rewards. But reading alone is not enough. Kids need skills practice, too. That’s why I’m delighted to share a new summer skills workbook series by Scholastic for kids in grades Pre-K to 5, Weekly Reader: Summer Express.

 I love these books because they’re grade-perfect, rich in content, and most important, they’re fun! Children complete two pages a day, five days a week. For each activity completed, they earn a sticker reward. At the end of the week, they get a certificate. Easy peasy!

 Helping your child maintain skills over the summer is essential to his or her academic success. And it has the added benefit of helping your child’s teacher keep her focus where it needs to be—on developing the skills needed in the year ahead. That’s a win-win.

 *PARENT GIVEAWAY* UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winners!

Interested in adding Weekly Reader: Summer Express to your summer learning routine? Leave a comment below telling us how you help your child stay engaged over the summer. Five lucky winners will win a copy of the book that’s a perfect match for their children’s grade.

No purchase required; contest open to all legal U.S. residents, 18 and up. See full rules here

 Happy Summer Learning!



I make reading a part of the summer, reading on a blanket under the sky full of clouds, we read on the beach and write stories in the sand that get washed out to sea.. We also read outside at night with a lantern and then take a walk in the dark. Building a tent inside on a rainy day promotes loads of reading fun. I choose books they can read and ones I need to read to them. If you read a book on a rocket or whatever an arts and craft project follows. The books read at night by a lantern or by a firepit lead to asking how do you think it will end. I have never made them read, I just make it a natural part of exploring. Funny thing is these activities work well with children ages 4-6, but older ones and younger will enjoy it too!
Happy Summer reading everyone.

I'm a parent of a three year old and six year old, and we like to keep the summer learning fun and fresh by doing "theme" weeks all summer. We'll sit down and brainstorm together some ideas on what we'd like to learn and explore as a family for the week. So for example, if both kids agree on the topic of bugs, we'll do bug crafts, bug math activities and of course head to our local library to check out some great reads on bugs. Last summer we learned about, different cultures, different foods, animals, oceans and community helpers to name a few. I can't wait to see what they want to learn about this summer. I really enjoy watching the eldest read to the youngest and watch the two work together on craft projects. It's a great way to spend time as a family and celebrate summer!

We practice our skills throughout the summer through natural exploration and some good old cozy reading time. As a former teacher I believe in a good balance between learning and kiddos getting to play and be kids! I have kiddos that like to learn and personally have a knack of pulling the learning out of everyday experiences. We typically do have some form of a grade level workbook each summer as the kiddos enjoy doing a couple pages a day and staying fresh! We so have big ambitious of lots of STEM projects this summer too.

This topic has been on my mind. It would be great if someone just sent the workbooks I need right to my home. Thanks! We'll use 20-30 minutes in the morning over breakfast for review. We'll try to incorporate math games in the evenings.

Summer is a great time to take your reading outside wherever you go. I plan to share this experience for keeping up reading with my nieces and nephews. Reading can be a great shared experience and when the whole family forces on ways to incorporate reading into family life on a daily basis everyone can be successful.

As a parent and educator, I always struggle with getting just the right amount of review materials into the child's hands for the summer months. The workbooks suggested here by scholastic appear to be a great balance for positive and engaging summer practice. It is so difficult to get students and some parents alike to buy into the notion of the summer slide. I am a firm believer that a child's brain needs consistency and structure and working and reading over the summer months is a must. Thanks Scholastic for these engaging materials to support education!

We like to spend lots of time outdoors - whether exploring in the woods, or curling up with a good book under the shade of a tree.

We sign up for the summer reading program offered at our local library. We attend story times, family nights and any other special, educational programs the library has to offer. My four year old looks forward to library day and we read and discuss the books we've checked out over the course of the week.

My 8 year old has ADHD, ODD, and Anxiety. We only medicate him for the ADHD and are working on ways to recognize and handle the others. Him and I have always read a lot and still do each night, however, now he is a book lover and reads all day long. In fact, his reward system is earning a new book each successful day he has, which is the main reason I put in such large orders each month with his class's Schilastic Book orders. We prevent summer reading loss, with him, with my involvement in his love of learning. We read together, investigate and study together, and stay active outdoors. With each question he has, we find a book that relates to the topic, which sparks further conversation. We prevent learning loss with my 5 year old through play. Sitting on the floor, imaginative play opens the door for questions. And then we find books that relate to his questions to keep the conversation going. With both of my boys, I hire their next year's teachers as summer tutors to help create a one on one relationship to ensure a better start to the new year. This way they can learn each other's expectations and best practice methods between the two. I didn't realize summer learning loss was a thing until my now 8 year old went into kindergarten and seemed to of forgotten thing he had known since we was 18 months old. I couldn't believe it and although it's more work, it's worth ensuring their futures in the long term.

Reading is a big part of our summers, as well as frequent trips to our local libraries. We also do several educational/STEM-type camps and the past two years we've done one a few weeks before school that is a week long and focuses on concepts that might have slid during summer. We also try to get outdoors and engaged in the community.

I'm a parent of a 7 and 9 year old. My kids pick a few books from their scholastic book fair in the spring to save for summer reading as well as take a weekly trips to the library to stock up on books of their choosing. I also like to pick a few books to read as a family and use those to generate some good discussions. I tend to also take the kids to museums or the zoo and spend time at the exhibits reading the details. With extra time to just explore and have fun over the summer we also like to just spend time outside-hiking, biking, playing with friends and playing board games.

I like to have a daily routine during the summer, and this could be easily incorporated to keep my kids sharp.

I'm lucky enough that my twins school has a summer reading camp at their school. They attend that and once it is over we play games that include sight words and they read a book a week. We visit the library whenever we have a chance so they can discover new exciting books.

We do the Summer Bridge Book but I would love love love to try Scholastic.

We go to the library and do workbooks.

We go to the library quite often, especially during the summer. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

We stay engaged by reading books that will be movies soon.

I take them to the library a lot and sign them up for various rec center and other activities.

I have a intelligent 10 year old who has no interest in reading. His comprehension of what he reads is lacking. I have him taking some summer gaming classes at the area college but I sure would like to follow up every day with some of these books. He has to find his interest and he will bloom.

we just spend a little time each day working on learning. it works for us.

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