Monday, May 4, 2015

Get Your Kids Signed Up For this Free Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge!

Summer Reading Challenge

          The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

 is a free online reading program for children.
Join today and let’s set a new reading world record for summer 2015! (May 4 - Sept 4, 2015)

Grand Prize: 

the schools with the most minutes read will win a visit from 
Michael Northrop (top elementary school), and Varian Johnson (top middle school).

What is the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge?

  • Now in its 9th year, the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online/mobile reading program dedicated to stopping the “Summer Slide” by encouraging kids to read throughout the summer months when school is out.
  • Starting May 4, 2015, kids can log their reading minutes (online and on smartphones) as they Read for the World Record, enter sweepstakes to win fabulous prizes, and earn digital rewards when they complete weekly reading challenges. (Pre-Registration for educators begins on April 6, 2015.)
  • This year’s theme is "Power Up and Read," sponsored by ENERGIZER®.
  • 12 Scholastic authors will create our first-ever, collection of summer short stories that kids can “unlock” throughout the summer.
  • In 2014, Scholastic inspired more than 275,000 kids from 4,600 schools in all 50 States and 29 countriesto set a new record for summer reading of 304,749,681 minutes!

So How Do You Participate?

Follow this link: Summer Reading Challenge


Read & log minutes all summer

Unlock stories & earn rewards

Help set a new reading 
world record!

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Everyday Bento by Wendy Thorpe Copley

A fun, colorful book full of step by step instructions on how to create a Bento Box.

  1. a lacquered or decorated wooden Japanese lunchbox.
    • a Japanese-style packed lunch, consisting of such items as rice, vegetables, and sashimi (raw fish with condiments).

Bento's Box lunches are a fun way to add a little art and
imagination to your meal. They can be very simple as in a salad and sandwich or very detailed with characters and cutting different shapes. What do they look like? 

Everyday Bento shows detailed, colorful pictures of how to build your box.

It also gives you step by step instructions along with the recipe to make them.

At the beginning of the book, it gives you food ideas and also color ideas along with a list of tools that you can use to make your fun Bento Box! 
The actual Bento Box can be found in Asian  stores or online. You can also use the Rubbermaid or Glad containers you find in the grocery stores. 

Kids love these fun meals. It encourages them to  make them and to learn to eat healthy!
Oh and there is also a "grown up" section in the book to for grown up Bento ideas.

 They can be very detailed and cute! I found these on Pinterest.

Japanese bento lunch box inspiration on Maiko Nagao blog

So if you're just getting started or you're interested in learning more, I highly recommend Everyday Bento to get you started to making fun, cute meals! 

 Everyday Bento

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


photo credit: Moonsub Shin Illustration

Can you believe the kids have read over 100 million minutes !! 
That is so awesome. 

This is what Scholastic says:

At approximately 4:15pm EST yesterday (June 3rd), Scholastic’s free, annual summer reading initiative, Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, hit an epic milestone.
 Kids have officially read 100 million minutes.!!

This beats the world record from 2012 (95,859,491 minutes). The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge aims to prevent the “summer slide”  - or the learning losses a child experiences when he or she does not read over the summer months.

Here are some highlights!

·         Free parent resources – a press release sent yesterday (link: ) highlights access to booklists, expert advice and more
·         Planetarium events -  This year’s theme is “Reading Under the Stars.” Scholastic  partnered with planetariums across the country with their museum sleepovers (e.g. The Smithsonian, Adler Planetarium (Chicago), California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco) and more) to get kids reading about science, STEM and more.
·         Governor Spouses Show Support To support the students in their states and encourage summer reading throughout America, many of the U.S. Governors and Governors’ Spouses are joining Scholastic as “Reading Ambassadors.”

Join in on the fun and head on over to Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and sign up today! Its Free!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge! Sign up today.

Exciting news about the Summer Reading Challenge !


We all know that kids reading all summer is a priority, but motivating kids to read all summer can be a challenge.

That’s why Scholastic is excited to announce the 8th annual Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge – a free online reading program where kids can read what THEY want, and log their reading minutes to earn rewards and help set a new world record for summer reading.  It is a fun and friendly competition among schools to see who can read the most – and the school that logs the most minutes at the end of the summer, wins a visit from bestselling authors: David Shannon (elementary school prize) and Gordon Korman (middle school prize).

Starting TODAY, parents and teachers can register their kids for the 2014 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge at  

To help parents prepare for summer, Scholastic is hosting a live Facebook Live Chat (via Scholastic Parents Facebook) moderated by Lori Ess (Scholastic) and Betsy Bird (New York Public Library), on Monday, May 5th  at 9 PM (ET), titled: “A Virtual Book Swap on Summer Reading.” Please help us make 2014 the biggest Summer Reading Challenge EVER by sharing with your readers. 

And be sure to like us on ! We’ll have free resources PLUS sweepstakes every Friday!

Thanks Scholastic for a fun challenge for the kids.