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Learn all about Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge with Diemosa Webber-Bey

Hey everyone,

We have a special episode for you! Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL) was founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine. Today, Scholastic books and educational materials are in tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes worldwide, helping to Open a World of Possible for children across the globe. Our guest today is Diemosa Webber-Bey, Librarian at Scholastic, in charge of technical services as well as managing the archive – where they keep everything Scholastic has ever published. Diemosa is joining us to talk all about The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge!

Research shows that kids who do not read during the summer months are more likely to fall victim to the “summer slide” — the learning loss that takes place during the long break from school. Parents say summer reading helps their child during the school year mainly because it helps keep their kid’s brain active and that reading requires constant practice.

The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge works to motivate students to read all summer long through weekly challenges, goals for schools, and activities and resources for parents.

Tune in to this episode and get ready to stop the summer slide –while helping kids in need – with the Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge!



Learn more about Diemosa Webber-Bey

Deimosa Webber-Bey's pictureI am a bookworm, a quilter, and an amateur graphic novelist, with a weakness for YA literature and comics; and once upon a time, I was both a high school English teacher and a teen (public) librarian. You will find me blogging about libraries, cool items in the Scholastic archive, and information science. You may even find me doodling in my preferred medium – enhanced stick figure! Follow me on Twitter at @dataquilter or send me a note using deimosa (at) scholastic (dot) com.



According to the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™: 7th Edition, 77% of kids ages 6–17 and 94% of parents believe reading books over the summer helps kids during the school year.

The Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge is a free program designed to be both educational and fun to help prevent the effects of the summer slide—the learning losses that can occur during the summer months.

Over the course of 18 weeks, kids can enter their summer reading minutes online, unlocking digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges; and access book excerpts, videos, and other summer-exclusive content.

Finally, where can you find more about Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge?


In this episode of the Reading with Your Kids Podcast:

  • What Scholastic is all about?
  • What kind of surprising information Scholastic team found in the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report?
  • What Is the Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge? How does it work?
  • Some of the resources and interesting activities available with Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza
  • Diemosa also talks about some of the ways kids can unlock book access for other kids
  • Why Participate in the Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge?


A big thank you to Diemosa Weber Bey for joining us and for sharing the amazing benefits of Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge book with us!


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