Summer Reading Challenge
The Summer Reading Challenge
Children's reading can 'dip' during the long summer holidays. The Reading Agency's annual Summer Reading Challenge delivered by libraries helps gets three quarters of a million children into libraries to maintain their reading skills and confidence. 9,224 Wiltshire children aged four to 11 took part in the 2019 Space Chase themed challenge and 5,928 completed it by reading six books, in total 39,321 books were read.
The challenge normally runs in Wiltshire libraries for eight weeks from mid July to early September, however, in 2020 we were unable to run the challenge in libraries. Instead we signposted families to the Silly Squad The Summer Reading Challenge which The Reading Agency ran as a digital challenge from June until the end of September.
All being well we hope to be able to run the Summer Reading Challenge in libraries in 2021.
Here are some of the comments we've received about past challenges:
8 year old girl, Westbury: "The challenge is exciting and it makes me excited to read"
Parent, Chippenham: "An invaluable resource that has improved my children's reading ability immeasurably"
Mum of 5 year old boy , Malmesbury: "I think this is a fantastic initiative, it has really got my son thinking about the books and his confidence in talking to the volunteers has greatly improved"
Mother, Trowbridge: "I find the reading challenge is a fantastic way of keeping my children connected with reading throughout the summer hols!"
- The Summer Reading Challenge is intrinsically inclusive and can contribute to the achievement of all your pupils including those with special educational needs, disadvantaged pupils and the most able.
- It enhances and supports your school's reading policy and your mission for all children to read more widely and for pleasure.
- It encourages parental engagement and family involvement in reading and helps your school make links with the library and the wider community.
- It can be the start of a child's reading journey and prevent the tendency for children's reading to dip over the holidays.
- It takes place at your local library and is a brilliant opportunity for extra-curricular activity.
- There are lots of school resources on the Reading Agency website.
The Reading Agency manages the challenge nationally, find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge.
Under 4s can take part in Bookstart Bear Club or Bear's Reading Adventure, where they receive small prizes every time they visit a library and borrow a book or take part in an activity. Please note: we are unable to offer this activity at present. Don't forget we run regular online rhyme and story times for young children on our Facebook pages, Libraries - Contact us.
Children aged 12 to 16 can join the 100 Club , a challenge to read 100 books at their own pace and receive a special reading log to record their books. We will be running the 100 Club online from the autumn, please follow our Facebook pages and Twitter for updates. The links can be found on the Libraries - Contact us page.
Become a Summer Reading Challenge volunteer. This role involves registering children, supporting them in their reading and giving out prizes. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to gain experience and skills working with children and great to add to CVs and UCAS applications. Unfortunately we are unable to offer this opportunity in 2020, please contact your local library for more information next year.