2022 Summer Reading Challenge

Assemblyman Al Stirpe (D-Cicero) is inviting local parents, guardians, and students to participate in the New York State Assembly’s annual Summer Reading Challenge, held in partnership with New York State Libraries. The theme for the 2022 challenge is “Oceans of Possibilities” to encourage children to explore strange and new worlds and fall in love with exciting characters and stories. Young readers who complete the challenge will receive an Assembly Excellence in Reading certificate to celebrate their achievement.

“Reading is critically important for our youngest New Yorkers, as it stimulates intellectual growth and opens up worlds of possibilities,” said Stirpe. “An exciting story can help introduce kids to new ideas and bring historical figures to life, and it’s critically important for young learners to continue reading during the summer months. The Summer Reading Challenge is the perfect opportunity to foster a lifelong love of learning with the next generation of leaders.”

During summer break, students often experience a decrease in reading proficiency. Known as the “summer slide,” this phenomenon can compound over multiple summers and requires schools to apportion resources to help kids catch back up in the fall.[1] Reading helps children prepare for the new school year and maintain their academic progress, and is a fun activity for students and families, Assemblyman Stirpe noted. New Yorkers are also encouraged to visit their local library for summer reading recommendations and a host of other programs and services.

To participate in the Summer Reading Challenge, children should read a book for a minimum of 15 minutes a day for at least 40 days during July and August. Children can read on their own or with a partner or caregiver and mark off days on the calendar provided. Once they’ve completed 40 days or more, they submit the calendar below to Assemblyman Stirpe’s office to receive a certificate in the mail.

To print out the 2022 NYS Assembly Summer Reading Challenge “Ocean of Possibilities” calendar and bookmark, please click on the links below that will direct you to a print-friendly version of each item:

[1] scholastic.com/parents/books-and-reading/raise-a-reader-blog/summer-slide.html