Summer Reading Challenge
Children often have a dip in their reading over the summer, the Summer Reading Challenge, produced by the Reading Agency and delivered by libraries, has been proven to stop this as well as changing children's attitudes in a positive way towards reading and libraries.
The challenge is for four-11 year olds to read six library books over the eight weeks of the summer in return for various fun prizes, including a medal and certificate on completion. Congratulations to the 6,206 Wiltshire children who took part in last year's Gadgeteers themed challenge, 85% of those completing the challenge said that taking part had improved their reading!
We'll let you know about this year's Summer Reading Challenge soon. In the meantime, don't forget we have lots of lovely books for your children to cosy up and enjoy reading before the next challenge! Need help finding the right book? just ask us when you next visit one of our libraries or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also a lot of reading inspiration on the Summer Reading Challenge website all year round, including games, book reviews, reading activities and videos from the best children's authors and illustrators around.
Here are some of the comments we received from parents and children about taking part in the Gadgeteers Summer Reading Challenge:
I've enjoyed it a lot. It has been great fun reading and listening to the stories and also learning about the science! I loved the smelly stickers! (child from Malmesbury)
It was a lot of fun at the end as we received a cool wooden medal and it was really fun with the stickers. (child from Westbury)
I really liked it. My mind goes free when I read books. (child from Chippenham)
We have loved bonding over new stories. My daughter has learnt lots of new words and developed stamina, so she can read for longer now. (Amesbury parent)
First time I (Dad) have seen my daughter sitting down to read a book to herself in public, ignoring distractions, with good comprehension. (Chippenham)
The reading challenge really encouraged my boys to use the library and read over the summer holidays. (Melksham parent)
Great challenge - really encouraged my boys to read. They were motivated by the stickers and prize at the end. They are also delighted that the school gets to recognise their effort. (Chippenham parent)
It really helped us keep reading when we weren't in school and reminded us what wonderful books and adventures we can have from visiting the library. (Malmesbury parent)
- 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.