Join the “Level Up” Summer Challenge

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| By Gale Staff |

Looking for a way to keep your students reading through the summer? We’ve partnered with Beanstack and Mark Cuban to offer a national K-12 Summer 2021 Reading Challenge, “Level Up.” Beanstack is a reading app developed by Zoobean. The app helps make reading more like a game—allowing students to connect with one another and discover books and authors based on their reading habits. Thanks to this app, students can log when and how long they read and participate in mini challenges throughout, keeping them engaged and encouraging them to keep reading.

Mini challenges will introduce readers to award-winning and popular authors Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Kwame Mbalia, and Meg Medina­. What types of books count? ALL! Students can track eBooks, print, graphic novels, large print, and audio.

What are you working toward?

The gamification features of Beanstack make it possible to reward students with digital badges when they read every day, and leaderboards foster healthy competition. Your school will be able to monitor and follow along with students’ reading accomplishments. While we know getting kids to read is reward enough, Mark Cuban will supply cash prizes and Thorndike Press will donate large print collections to further help your library support your school.

Prizes for the school that logs the most minutes include:

Grand Prize: A live virtual visit from Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, $5,000 cash, and a large print collection valued at $1,000.

Second Place: Receive $2,500 cash and a large print collection valued at $500.

Four Runner-ups: Receive $2,500 cash and a large print collection valued at $250.

Why large print books?

Typically, many students lose approximately two months of learning during the summer. With so many schools disrupted by the pandemic over the past year, the COVID slide is compounding concerns over summer learning loss. Add inequities caused by socio-economic factors into the mix and it becomes even more problematic. Large print books can serve as an equalizer. Studies show that books in a large print format help improve reading speed, boost reading comprehension, and work well with readers who are below their grade level.

Get set to Level Up!

Already a Beanstack customer? Sign up now to participate. Not a Beanstack customer? Learn how your school can still participate for free. Customizable promotional resources are available to help keep students and parents motivated.

The summer challenge runs from June 1–July 16, 2021 and encourages students to read and keep on reading with an exciting look into the world of large print. Sign up today and join the fun!

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