The Writers are Rock Stars!
Scholastic kicks off Summer Challenge with live webcast and popular authors.
Kids packed the comapany's auditorium for a live webcast that kicked off the annual Scholastic Summer Challenge. The four-month-long campaign challenges kids around the world to read for the world record. You can register and log in your minutes to participate at the Summer Challenge website: www.scholastic.com/summerreading.
Excited students cheered and waved colorful signs touting favorite book titles and authors as they waited for the book trivia game to begin. Right in front of me I saw a purple and green sign that read Goosebumps: R.L. Stine Rocks!
Reactions from the students when questions appeared on the large screen behind host Jon Scieszka proved this was a well-read crowd! If one of the authors answered a question incorrectly, the crowd moaned. When one was answered correctly, the crowd ignited with cheers even before the answers were revealed.
Laughter erupted when a question came up asking for the title of the very first Goosebumps book and Lisa Yee buzzed in ahead of R.L. Stine, who wrote the series!
Yee looked to Stine for help. “Why don’t you try answer D,” he said. She unfortunately took his advice. BZZZZZ! WRONG ANSWER! Everyone roared with laughter, including me!
Stine then buzzed in and answered correctly—of course!
Another funny moment was when Gordon Korman buzzed in to answer a question about his own series, The 39 Clues. Host Jon Scieszka didn’t think Korman sounded too sure of his answer.
“I haven’t read it in a while,” he said. Did he get it right? DING! YES, HE DID!
After the show, students rushed to greet their favorite authors and get autographs. The authors were happy to oblige. Rock stars have nothing on these guys as far as enthusiastic fans!
What I noticed most about being at the Summer Challenge webcast was that the students were smiling, laughing, cheering, waving signs, and having a blast. Their reactions to both authors and questions made it obvious that a lot of joy has come from the work of these writers!
And I’m sure the kids who watched from across the world felt the same way, too. After all, reading really is fun!
You can watch the whole webcast on the web site at www.scholastic.com/summerreading.
And don’t forget: you can join Scholastic and Reading is Fundamental to break the summer reading world record! Log on today and register.
What are you planning to read this summer? Use the comment section below to send in your summer reading plans!
PHOTO: Authors (from left) Lisa Yee, R.L. Stine, Host Jon Scieszka, Gordan Korman, and Christopher Paul Curtis. (Photo Courtesy Scholastic)