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Summer of Reading

The Week Junior wants kids to enjoy reading all summer!

Welcome to our 2024 Summer of Reading campaign! We asked 250 children from across the country what middle-grade books they enjoy most to create The 50 Books Kids Love Most list. We hope these picks will keep your child excited to read all summer.

Enter to win books!

We’re also challenging kids to read three books this summer (any books they like!) and enter our sweepstakes. Five kids will win books, and one of them will also win a personal video call with one of our Author Ambassadors. Winners will be drawn at random. To have your child apply, go to The deadline to apply is August 9. Happy reading!

More Summer of Reading fun!

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Did you see us on TODAY with Hoda & Jenna?

Mindy Walker, executive editor of The Week Junior, sat down with Hoda and Jenna to talk about fun ways to get kids excited about reading this summer.


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Why is it so important for kids to read for pleasure?

  • Reading for pleasure builds brain function, vocabulary, and concentration. Students who read for 20 minutes a day encounter 1.8 million words a year, significantly boosting their vocabularies.
  • It builds empathy and connects children to people and places beyond their experience. Research shows that 74% of kids say reading helps them understand the world.
  • It unlocks the door to learning for a lifetime. The key is to let children read what they want and to make it joyful and fun. Join in and see what happens!
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From everyone at The Week Junior, happy summer!