Here is an overview of the resources, guidance and useful web links available for library staff, adult literacy tutors and other practitioners such as union learning reps who are running our Six Book Challenge programme for people aged 16 upwards who need to build their reading skills and confidence.
How to run the Six Book Challenge
The annual Six Book Challenge invites people to pick six reads (not just books but poems, magazines articles, even digital games can count) and record their reading in a diary to get a certificate. You will need to purchase materials from our Shop to run the Challenge. Our standard materials feature our Ambassador for 2013, Andy McNab and we have a bilingual version, Her Darllen Chwech, for use in Wales. For 2013 we are also offering specially branded materials in partnership with the Rugby League World Cup featuring England International Jamie Jones-Buchanan. We also provide guidance, templates and regular email updates for all versions of the Challenge - see below.
Organisations can run the scheme at any time of year but the main activity tends to happen between January and 28 June - the deadline for a range of national prize draws. Several public libraries also run the Challenge alongside the Summer Reading Challenge to encourage families to enjoy reading together. And in 2013 we expect those linking to the Rugby League World Cup to continue offering the Challenge into the autumn - for which we have a different set of prizes as below.
Prizes on offer for the main Six Book Challenge 2013 are as follows with an entry deadline of Friday 28 June - see entry forms below:
Prizes for the Rugby League Six Book Challenge 2013, with a deadline of Friday 13 September, will include free tickets for a winner and guest to the opening match in Cardiff, semi-finals at Wembley and final at Old Trafford and to a game in each of the host locations. Downoad Rugby League World Cup 2013 Six Book Challenge prize draw entry form for completers
There is also a prize draw for organisations running the RLWC2013 Six Book Challenge with the winner receiving a visit from author Tom Palmer for a half day during which he will run his Rugby Reading Game. The game can be adapted for any age group. Download RLWC 2013 Six Book Challenge prize draw entry form for organisations
Evaluating the scale and impact of the Challenge
We ask organisations to provide data about participation in the Challenge so that we can assess its growth. All those returning valid data by Friday 5 July 2013 will be eligible to receive a certificate based on their Challenge completion figures as follows: 150 completers gets gold; 100 completers gets silver; and 50 completers gets bronze. We made awards to 45 organisations in 2012 - 3 gold, 11 silver and 31 bronze.
We also hope that participants will be endouraged to complete the pre- and post-Challenge surveys we make available on our Evaluation page. Findings from this help to reinforce our evidence base for the use of reading for pleasure with adults who are improving their literacy skills.
Materials from the Shop
There are reading diaries, certificates, participant leaflets, bookmarks, information fliers and posters to help you run the Six Book Challenge and branded incentives such as mugs, notebooks, bottle opener key rings, pens, cotton bags and, new for 2013, rulers and bottle openers. These are available to purchase from our Shop.
Download the sales sheet to view all the items available including the Welsh bilingual version and specially-branded materials for our partnership with the Rugby League World Cup 2013.
We can also supply the following on request to organisations who have purchased materials:
- the Six Book Challenge logo
- a downloadable Participation Certificate
- PDFs of A3 and A4 empty belly posters
Free support materials
We have a range of downloadable guidance and templates available to support organisations running the Challenge - see below for key documents in English and Welsh plus a powerpoint and press release for local use and a Top Tips document drawn from discussion groups at our Six Book Challenge event in November 2012. We also send a regular email update to purchasers. And keep an eye on our Impact and Tips and Training pages for case studies and ideas.
How to run the Six Book Challenge 2013
Sut i redeg Her Darllen Chwech 2013 yng Nghymru How to run the Six Book Challenge 2013
Six Book Challenge 2013 materials guidance
Deunyddiau Her Darllen Chwech 2013 a sut i'w defnyddio Six Book Challenge 2013 Materials Guidance
Six Book Challenge 2013 Registration Form
Her Darllen Chwech 2013 Ffurflen Gofrestru Registration Form
Six Book Challenge 2013 Participation Record
Her Darllen Chwech 2013 Cofnod Cymryd Rhan Participation Record
Six Book Challenge 2013 Key Dates Planner
Six Book Challenge 2013 powerpoint
Local press release template for Six Book Challenge 2013
Top Tips for the Six Book Challenge
Six Book Challenge 2013 Guidance for prisons and YOIs
Six Book Challenge 2013 Guidance for workplaces
Guidance for the Rugby League World Cup 2013 Six Book Challenge
Get in touch with any queries about ordering or requesting Six Book Challenge materials.
To find out more about running the Six Book Challenge email Genevieve Clarke