Top Prizes Include iPad for Students, Interactive Whiteboard for Schools

Minneapolis (March 28, 2012) – Research indicates students who read eight to 10 books over the summer break achieve similar progression as students who participate in a structured summer school program. To support summer reading, Capstone Digital, developer of personalized learning environments for students, announces the 2012 Summer Reading Olympics. All schools using myON™ reader, the personalized literacy environment that provides access to the largest integrated library of digital books with multimedia supports, are invited to participate in this summer reading program.

“Studies demonstrate that learning loss occurs when students are away from school and organized education activities over the summer months,” said Todd Brekhus, president of Capstone Digital. “With myON reader, students are just a click away from more than 2,500 books to help encourage year-around reading, which has been shown to benefit a student’s long-term academic development.”

The 2012 Summer Reading Olympics awards prizes for the top summer readers, in addition to the school that earns the distinction of 2012 Summer Reading Olympics Champion. Prizes include:

  • Gold Medal: An iPad for the student who spends the most time reading.
  • Silver Medal: A Kindle Fire for the student who spends the second-most time reading.
  • Bronze Medal: An iPod touch for the student who spends the third-most time reading.
  • The top 100 readers receive a myON backpack.
  • Every student who participates receives the myON Medal of Honor.
  • Teachers, librarians and staff can also earn a PolyVision interactive whiteboard for their school by promoting the contest to students and achieving the highest participation rate among schools.

Schools and districts that aren’t currently using myON reader can still implement the personalized literacy environment in time for students to participate in the 2012 Reading Olympics. myON reader provides a virtual backpack of more than 2,500 books customized to a student’s interest and reading ability as measured by the Lexile® Framework for reading. Students can also track their progress throughout the summer. For more information about myON reader, visit

The 2012 Summer Reading Olympics starts on June 1 and runs through August 15, and winners will be notified through the Capstone Connect blog. To register and receive more information, visit the 2012 Summer Reading Olympics contest page.

About Capstone Digital
Capstone Digital, a division of Capstone, develops personalized learning environments for students. Offerings include digital books, research databases and audio books, all designed to increase fluency and
reading levels for students of all levels. As the flagship product, myON reader provides access to the largest integrated library of digital books with multimedia supports. Using Capstone Digital products, students gain confidence in their abilities, take ownership in their reading growth, and achieve success across the curriculum. For more information, visit or

About Capstone
Capstone is a leading publisher of children’s books in nonfiction and fiction, digital products and services and literacy programs. Capstone’s content comes in a variety of print and digital formats including board books, picture books, interactive books, apps, audio and databases. Imprints under Capstone include Capstone Press, Stone Arch Books, Picture Window Books, Heinemann Raintree and Compass Point Books. Divisions include Capstone Classroom and Capstone Digital. For more information, visit Connect with them at

Media Contacts
• Jennifer Glidden, Capstone Digital, 952-224-0594,

• Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x19,

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