Epic! Challenges Classrooms to Read 5 Million Books in 5 Days

The "Fall Into Reading Challenge" is taking place this week in elementary schools nationwide
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The "Fall Into Reading Challenge" is taking place this week in elementary schools nationwide

Redwood​ ​City,​ ​CA​ ​(October​ ​16,​ ​2017)​ ​​--​ ​​ ​​Epic!​,​ ​a​ ​leading​ ​digital​ ​media​ ​brand​ ​for​ ​kids,​ ​is challenging​ ​classrooms​ ​across​ ​the​ ​country​ ​to​ ​read​ ​a​ ​total​ ​of​ ​five​ ​million​ ​books​ ​for​ ​Epic!’s Fall​ ​Into​ ​Reading​​ ​Challenge​​ ​from​ ​October​ ​16​ ​to​ ​October​ ​20,​ ​2017.

Epic!’s​ ​award-winning​ ​subscription​ ​service​ ​provides​ ​kids​ ​unlimited​ ​access​ ​to​ ​25,000​ ​curated, high-quality​ ​books​ ​and​ ​videos.​ ​Reaching​ ​over​ ​5​ ​million​ ​children​ ​through​ ​its​ ​network,​ ​Epic! encourages​ ​kids​ ​to​ ​explore​ ​their​ ​interests​ ​and​ ​learn​ ​in​ ​a​ ​fun,​ ​safe,​ ​kid-friendly​ ​environment. To​ ​support​ ​reading​ ​and​ ​teachers​ ​in​ ​the​ ​classroom,​ ​​Epic!​ ​for​ ​Educators​​ ​is​ ​provided​ ​completely free​ ​for​ ​elementary​ ​school​ ​teachers​ ​and​ ​school​ ​librarians.​ ​Now​ ​used​ ​in​ ​87%​ ​of​ ​U.S.​ ​elementary schools,​ ​teachers​ ​use​ ​Epic!​ ​to​ ​support​ ​student​ ​learning​ ​across​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​subjects,​ ​from reading​ ​and​ ​literacy,​ ​to​ ​history,​ ​geography,​ ​the​ ​arts,​ ​science​ ​and​ ​math.

Every​ ​elementary​ ​school​ ​class​ ​that​ ​collectively​ ​reads​ ​50​ ​or​ ​more​ ​books​ ​on​ ​Epic!​ ​during​ ​the Challenge​ ​will​ ​earn​ ​a​ ​special​ ​Epic!​ ​Reading​ ​Certificate​ ​to​ ​display​ ​in​ ​their​ ​classrooms.​ ​The​ ​top 10​ ​classes​ ​with​ ​the​ ​most​ ​books​ ​read​ ​will​ ​also​ ​win​ ​a​ ​Cider​ ​and​ ​Donuts​ ​Party​ ​for​ ​the​ ​class,​ ​plus six-month​ ​home​ ​subscriptions​ ​to​ ​Epic!​ ​and​ ​an​ ​exclusive​ ​Epic!​ ​swag​ ​pack.

To​ ​track​ ​progress​ ​towards​ ​the​ ​five-million​ ​books​ ​read​ ​goal,​ ​Epic!’s​ ​website​ ​will​ ​feature​ ​a real-time​ ​ticker​ ​to​ ​show​ ​the​ ​cumulative​ ​books​ ​read​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​week.​ ​​ ​An​ ​online leaderboard​ ​will​ ​also​ ​be​ ​continuously​ ​updated​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​week​ ​to​ ​show​ ​which​ ​classes​ ​are in​ ​the​ ​lead.

The​ ​​Fall​ ​into​ ​Reading​ ​​Challenge​ ​is​ ​Epic!’s​ ​most​ ​ambitious​ ​reading​ ​contest​ ​to​ ​date.​ ​The​ ​​Blizzard of​ ​Books​ ​​Reading​ ​Challenge​ ​from​ ​last​ ​school​ ​year​ ​challenged​ ​classes​ ​to​ ​read​ ​three​ ​million books​ ​during​ ​the​ ​course​ ​of​ ​a​ ​week.​ ​In​ ​total,​ ​3.3​ ​million​ ​books​ ​were​ ​read​ ​by​ ​more​ ​than​ ​20,000 classrooms​ ​across​ ​the​ ​country.

Minnesota-based​ ​third​ ​grade​ ​teacher​ ​Shelley​ ​Baumgartner,​ ​whose​ ​classroom​ ​was​ ​among​ ​the top​ ​10​ ​winners​ ​says,​ ​“The​ ​challenge​ ​motivated​ ​them​ ​to​ ​read​ ​more​ ​now.​ ​They​ ​love​ ​to​ ​read.​ ​I’m proud​ ​of​ ​my​ ​kids​ ​for​ ​their​ ​determination​ ​and​ ​work​ ​ethic.”

See​ ​Epic!’s​ ​Fall​ ​into​ ​Reading​ ​Challenge​ ​here:​ ​​​ ​​www.getepic.com/fall-into-reading-challenge

Epic!​ ​provides​ ​thousands​ ​of​ ​books​ ​free​ ​for​ ​teachers​ ​through​ ​its​ ​​Epic!​ ​for​ ​Educators​​ ​program​. Epic!​ ​for​ ​Educators​ ​is​ ​free​ ​for​ ​all​ ​verified​ ​elementary​ ​school​ ​teachers​ ​and​ ​librarians.

About​ ​Epic!

Founded​ ​in​ ​2014​ ​and​ ​based​ ​in​ ​Redwood​ ​City,​ ​CA,​ ​Epic!​ ​is​ ​a​ ​kids​ ​digital​ ​media​ ​brand​ ​for​ ​kids 12​ ​and​ ​under.​ ​Epic!’s​ ​award-winning​ ​subscription​ ​service​ ​includes​ ​unlimited​ ​access​ ​to​ ​25,000 books​ ​and​ ​2,500​ ​videos​ ​from​ ​leading​ ​publishers​ ​such​ ​as​ ​HarperCollins,​ ​Macmillan,​ ​National Geographic​ ​Kids,​ ​Smithsonian​ ​Enterprises,​ ​and​ ​Encyclopaedia​ ​Britannica.​ ​Kids​ ​on​ ​Epic!​ ​are encouraged​ ​to​ ​explore​ ​their​ ​interests​ ​and​ ​learn​ ​in​ ​a​ ​fun,​ ​safe,​ ​and​ ​engaging​ ​environment​ ​that includes​ ​fiction​ ​and​ ​non-fiction​ ​titles,​ ​“read​ ​to​ ​me”​ ​books,​ ​learning​ ​videos​ ​and​ ​teacher-created quizzes​ ​and​ ​reading​ ​lists.​ ​Epic!​ ​is​ ​used​ ​in​ ​87%​ ​of​ ​U.S.​ ​elementary​ ​schools​ ​and​ ​consistently​ ​a top​ ​app​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Apple​ ​App​ ​Store.​ ​Epic!​ ​was​ ​founded​ ​by​ ​Suren​ ​Markosian,​ ​founder​ ​of​ ​several successful​ ​technology​ ​startups,​ ​and​ ​Kevin​ ​Donahue,​ ​former​ ​YouTube,​ ​Google​ ​and​ ​Disney executive,​ ​with​ ​the​ ​support​ ​of​ ​top​ ​tier​ ​investors​ ​and​ ​veterans​ ​of​ ​the​ ​children’s​ ​publishing industry.​ ​To​ ​learn​ ​more​ ​about​ ​Epic!,​ ​visit​ ​​http://www.getepic.com​,​ ​or​ ​follow​ ​Epic!​ ​on Facebook​ ​and​ ​Twitter.

Media​ ​Contact​ ​for​ ​Epic!

Alyssa​ ​Miller,​ ​973-615-1292 Alyssa@ammediaworks.com 



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