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Teachers Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge for children

The Summer Reading Challenge, presented by The Reading Agency, is delivered in partnership with public libraries and funded by Arts Council England. The Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the summer holidays by reading at least six books. It provides lots of fun as well as preventing the summer reading ‘dip’.

Each year the Challenge motivates over 700,000 children to keep reading to build their skills and confidence. The Silly Squad 2020 Challenge features bespoke artwork from award-winning children’s author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson (Amelia Fang; Evil Emperor Penguin; I Don’t Want Curly Hair).

The Summer Reading Challenge website is free to access and features games, quizzes and downloadable activities that incentivise and encourage children to take part in reading related activities. Whilst public library buildings are closed, libraries will continue to deliver the Challenge through virtual services and e-lending platforms.

The Winter Mini Challenge for children

The Winter Mini Challenge encourages children to keep reading through the winter holidays.

The Winter Mini Challenge is run through the Summer Reading Challenge children’s website. To take part, children simply read three books of their choice over the winter period, then add each book to their Challenge website profile and leave a short book review.

After rating and reviewing three books online they unlock a virtual badge and certificate to print off and keep!

The Summer Reading Challenge School Zone

In the Summer Reading Challenge School Zone you can find information to support taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge, with resources to inspire all your students to read for pleasure.

Find out more about reading charity, The Reading Agency and their other programmes on their website.

The Reading Agency also has a Summer Reading Challenge profile with plenty of resources to access on the TES and BBC Teach websites. Just pop over and search the Summer Reading Challenge.