Summer Reading Under the Stars Party #SummerReading



I have had so much fun this summer watching my son participate in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Now in it’s 8th year, the program is dedicated to stopping that “Summer Slide” kids can get by encouraging them to read during the summer months by providing fun weekly challenges and the chance to earn digital rewards.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Logo

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme is “Reading Under the Stars” and is powered by EVEREADY®. Throughout the summer, kids will read around the galaxy and unlock star constellations as they log reading minutes. Each day, Hayden logs onto the site with me and enters in his minutes. In a little over a month, he has logged 420 minutes of reading time!



And as of today, kids around the world have read 188,222,929 minutes for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge – already breaking the 2013 world record! Way to go kids!

For even more fun this year, I decided to have a Summer Reading Under the Stars party. Well, after a minor accident and then thunderstorms, we had to move our party inside but it was even more fun and cozy!


While the kids were upstairs, I got everything ready for our Summer Reading Under the Stars party. Armed with a small tent, EVEREADY® flashlights, books from Scholastic and yummy snacks {adorable cake pops are from Shana’s Sweet Treats in St. Louis!}, the party was ready to start!

Reading Under the Stars Party Setup SR

Summer Reading Under the Stars Goodies SR

Everready Flashlights for Summer Reading Party SR

Bookmarks SR

Summer Reading Under the Stars Cake Pops SR

After loading up on some snacks and picking out their books, the kids grabbed their EVEREADY® flashlights and we turned off the lights for the reading fun to begin! I’ve always been a huge fan of reading so I am glad to pass this on to my three kids. Every day, they are looking through books so I was excited to have this fun experience with them.

Olivia SR

Stars in Tent SR

Reading in Tent SR2

Our Summer Reading Under the Stars party actually lasted a few hours, which I consider a HUGE success! The kids kept running to get more and more books to bring into the tent. This is definitely going to become a summer tradition for our family.

It’s not too late for you to throw your own party! Click on the invite below to save for yourself to send to friends – and hopefully you got a few ideas from our party too!

Summer Reading Under the Stars Party Invite

I know it can be hard for some kids to stay focused and continue to read over the summer months but luckily Scholastic makes it fun with their Summer Reading Challenge! Thank you so much to EVEREADY® and Scholastic for a successful party!


Stay Connected

– Like Scholastic Parents on Facebook

– Follow Scholastic on Twitter – On Mondays, follow the hashtag #MondayMinutes to see how many minutes kids have read to date!

Follow Scholastic on Instagram

– Follow the Summer Reading Challenge Pinterest Board – Each Friday there will be a new collage of summer books!

– Like the Summer Reading Challenge YouTube Playlist

What do you think of a Summer Reading Under the Stars Party?

Disclosure: I was compensated for the above post but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Reading + Kids is a passion of mine and I love what Scholastic does to encourage it. 


  1. says

    Your indoor party is so cute. Perfect for a raining evening! This is a cute idea…Isa n Davey would love having a reading Under the Stars Party!

  2. says

    What an awesome idea! I’ve been reading with my son this summer and I completely forgot to log it with Scholastic. We are planning a fun campout in our back yard for next week and I think I may use some of your reading under the stars theme ideas.

  3. says

    I would love to do a summer reading under the stars program with kiddo. That would be so much fun. I am a huge fan of Scholastic and I remember getting those slips of paper from school and running home to beg my mom for all of the books!

  4. says

    What a great idea! We have a similar tent that we keep up in the house. I like your idea of including snacks and flashlights. We’ll have to try this. What a great way to keep kids reading over summer.

  5. says

    I love this idea! I wish I had known about this before I let the kids in my class out for summer break. I am sure they would have participated. I have saved the website to remember for next year. Thanks for the share. :)

  6. says

    I am always happy when kids take an interest in reading. I love the little station with flashlights and snacks you set up too.

  7. says

    I love the reading under the star idea with the kiddies in the tents. I also the cakepops…I used to make them professionally – those look so cute.

  8. says

    I wish I would’ve known about this earlier! I saw that it started in May. My son loved to read and would’ve gotten a kick of seeing how much he’s read all summer. I have always loved Scholastic books!


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