Big Eurovision Read Booklist Announced

The Reading Agency is today unveiling plans for the Big Eurovision Read, a reading-for-pleasure campaign celebrating music and reading, to mark the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, hosted in Liverpool on behalf of Ukraine on 13 May.

The Eurovision Song Contest airs live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer this May. Watch Semi Final 1 on May 9, Semi Final 2 on May 11 and the Grand Final on May 13.

Supported by BBC Arts, The Big Eurovision Read features a booklist of 12 titles by celebrated authors including Rachel Joyce, Terry Pratchett and Stormzy; and two weeks of workshops, events and readings in a pop-up reading den outside Liverpool Central Library as part of EuroFestival Culture Liverpool’s two-week cultural festival taking over the city in the lead up to the contest.

The aim is for book-lovers and Eurovision fans to be ‘United by Music’. To get the conversation started, librarians across the UK have chosen twelve great books which have the power of music at their heart, and which will encourage readers to suggest other great titles with a musical theme.

From fiction to biographies, these 12 – or ‘douze’ titles – were curated by an expert panel of librarians. Delivered with public libraries, publishers, and authors, the Big Eurovision Read campaign will celebrate the power that music, books and great writing have to transform lives and inspire generations.

The Big Eurovision Read Titles

Do you have recommendations of great books about the Power of Music? Share them with us.

These books will be available to explore and enjoy at the Reading Den, a dedicated space that will pop up in Liverpool for EuroFestival, where visitors will be invited to add their own suggestions of books about the power of music. Open to all, and in partnership with Liverpool Libraries, the Big Eurovision Read Reading Den invites you to relax with a book or dive into a series of talks and workshops!

The Big Eurovision Read campaign is delivered in partnership with BBC Arts and The Reading Agency with support from public libraries and funding from Liverpool City Council’s Culture Liverpool team, as part of EuroFestival.

Rachel Joyce, Author said:

“It’s a complete honour to be part of this scheme, and to be one of such a powerful selection of books. Reading and music go hand in hand, finding an expression for what at times seems inexpressible, and proving it is possible for us to be joined beyond the boundaries of place and time. I shall be reading the complete set.”  


Nick Hornby, Author, said:

“I’m so pleased that High Fidelity is on the Big Eurovision Read book list. Reading and music are two great sources of joy that have the power to bring people together and I can’t wait to see new readers enjoy the book for the first time.” 

Matt Cain, Author, said:

“When I wrote The Madonna of Bolton, I wanted to celebrate the healing, transformative power of music and the emotional support it has given so many of us – me included. Ever since its publication, I’ve been thrilled to see this theme resonate with so many readers. I’m now over the moon that the book has been selected to be part of a campaign that has exactly the same objective. And to see it appear alongside the work of some of my favourite authors – such as Rachel Joyce and Nick Hornby – is a dream come true. Happy Eurovision, everyone!” 

Stephen James Yeoman, Commissioning Exec, BBC Arts & Classical Music TV  said:

“Listening to great music and reading a gripping book both have the ability to be uplifting and enriching. As the UK prepares to host the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine, it is a great moment to combine these two wonderful art forms and celebrate 12 fantastic reads which have at their heart stories about the power of music.

I’m extremely grateful to the librarians across the UK who suggested these 12 titles as a conversation starter and to the Reading Agency, with the support of Culture Liverpool, to help share these books with visitors to Liverpool during Eurovision. I hope readers across the UK, and across the Eurovision family, will enjoy these titles as well as suggest more great reads for others to enjoy.” 

Karen Napier, CEO, The Reading Agency said:

“We’re really excited to be partnering with BBC Arts to celebrate the Eurovision Song Contest this year and celebrating the power of reading and music. The Reading Agency hugely values the support of our library partners bringing this exciting book list to life in the heart of communities across the country this summer.” 

Culture Liverpool Director, Claire McColgan CBE, said:

“We love The Big Eurovision Read commission – it’s an imaginative and engaging way to bring people along with us on our exciting Eurovision journey.  It’s music to our ears to see our libraries incorporated in this fantastic celebration of reading and music.”

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The Booker Prizes Announce the International Booker Prize 2023 longlist and Book of the Month

The International Booker Prize – the most significant award for a single work of translated fiction – is awarded annually for a novel or short story collection written originally in any language, translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland. It rewards authors and translators in equal measure, and takes readers to multiple worlds beyond the anglosphere, showing how much broader the world can be.

The longlist

The selection was made from 134 books published between 1 May, 2022 and 30 April, 2023 and submitted to the prize by publishers.

The full International Booker Prize 2023 longlist is:

Find out more about the thirteen books selected here.

The judges

The 13 books on the longlist have been chosen by the 2023 judging panel: Leïla Slimani (chair), prize-winning French-Moroccan novelist; Uilleam Blacker, one of Britain’s leading literary translators from Ukrainian; Tan Twan Eng, the Booker-shortlisted Malaysian novelist; Parul Sehgal, staff writer and critic at the New Yorker; and Frederick Studemann, Literary Editor of the Financial Times.

Leïla Slimani, International Booker Prize 2023 Chair of judges, says:

“Through literature we experience the fact that we are, at the end of the day, just human beings. We cry the same. We are moved by the same things. We are all afraid, we all fall in love and we have the same emotions. And this is the point of translation, that all over the world we can understand an emotion.

What was very rewarding about this experience was reading books from all over the world, with an extraordinary variety of form and content. Each of the judges had different tastes and that is what we have tried to reflect in this list. It celebrates the variety and diversity of literary production today, the different ways in which the novel can be viewed. We wanted to give the reader the chance to discover this and to find something that will move or disturb them. The list is also a celebration of the power of language and of authors who wanted to push formal enquiry as far as possible. We wanted to celebrate literary ambition, panache, originality and of course, through this, the talent of translators who have been able to convey all of this with great skill.”

The six books shortlisted for this year’s prize will be announced by Chair of judges Leïla Slimani in the Tech Theatre at the London Book Fair at 11.00am BST on Tuesday, 18 April. There is a prize of £5,000 for each of the shortlisted titles: £2,500 for the author and £2,500 for the translator (or divided equally between multiple translators).

The winner will be announced at a ceremony held at Sky Garden in London on Tuesday, 23 May. The winners’ prize purse is £50,000; £25,000 for the author and £25,000 for the translator (or divided equally between multiple translators).

For more information, visit the Booker Prize website.

The Booker Prizes’ Book of the Month

Each month the Booker Prizes’ Book of the Month shines a spotlight on a different work of fiction from among the 600+ titles in the Booker Library, through reading guides, extracts, opinion pieces, competitions and discussions on our social channels. We will be updating this page on our website every month. Find out more here.

Get involved

Librarians and teachers we have a free promotional pack to help you celebrate the International Booker Prize available in our shop.

Have you read any of the longlisted books? Share your thoughts with us on Twitter and Instagram using #InternationalBooker2023, or click on a title above to leave a review. Find out more about the titles and why they were selected for the list with the Thirteen things to know about the 2023 longlist.

Women’s Prize for Fiction Announces 2023 Longlist and Offer Reading Groups the Opportunity to Shadow the Shortlist

The Women’s Prize for Fiction – the greatest international celebration of women’s creativity – announces the 2023 longlist. Now in its 28th year, the Prize shines a spotlight on outstanding, ambitious original fiction written in English by women from anywhere in the world.

The longlist

The 2023 longlist features both debut and bestselling, prize-winning writers. Two of the authors – Maggie O’Farrell and Barbara Kingsolver – are former winners of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, whilst three others – Natalie Haynes, Laline Paull and Elizabeth McKenzie – have previously been shortlisted. Three of the books are retellings – Demon Copperhead is inspired by Dickens’s David Copperfield; Stone Blind is an exploration of the Greek myth of Medusa; and The Marriage Portrait is a historical depiction of Lucrezia, the daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, a young woman omitted from history.

The judges

After months of dedicated reading, this year’s panel of judges have selected 16 truly distinctive novels, and we can’t wait for readers everywhere to discover them.

Chair of judges Louise Minchin says:

‘This year’s longlist is a glorious celebration of the boundless imagination and creative ambition of women writers over the past year. Every one of these 16 books is excellent and original in its own individual way; they all offer fresh perspectives on history and humanity, exploring hard truths with empathy, sensitivity, directness, and sometimes infectious humour. There is something here for all readers! It has truly been a life-enhancing experience to judge the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist this year, and we are looking forward to celebrating these voices that need to be heard.’

Louise Minchin is joined on the judging panel by novelist Rachel Joyce; journalist, podcaster and writer Bella Mackie; novelist and short story writer Irenosen Okojie; and Tulip Siddiq, Member of Parliament. Set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote fiction by women to the widest range of readers possible, the Women’s Prize for Fiction is awarded for the best full-length novel of the year written by a woman and published in the UK between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023. Any woman writing in English – whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter – is eligible. The judges will narrow down this longlist of 16 books to a shortlist of six, which will be announced on Wednesday 26 April 2023. The 2023 Women’s Prize for Fiction will be awarded on Wednesday 14 June 2023 at the Women’s Prize Trust’s summer party in central London. The winner will receive an anonymously endowed cheque for £30,000 and a limited-edition bronze figurine known as a ‘Bessie’, created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven. More information can be found on the Women’s Prize for Fiction website here.

Shadow the shortlist

We have the exciting opportunity for six reading groups to shadow the shortlist of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2023. Each selected group will receive a set of copies of one shortlisted book – in the format of their choice – which they will need to read, discuss and review.

This year, we are delighted to invite the six selected groups to a private Zoom event with the Women’s Prize for Fiction judges, where two members will share their groups feedback. Groups will have the chance to meet the other groups involved, share their reflections on the books, and get a unique glimpse behind the scenes of the Prize with Louise Minchin, Chair of the Women’s Prize for Fiction for 2023.

If your group would like to take part, please find out more and apply by 20 April 2023.

Groups will be selected and books will be sent following the shortlist announcement on 27 April 2023.

Get involved

If you work in a library or workplace and would like to promote the longlist, you can download a free digital pack from our shop.

What do you think of the 2023 longlisted titles? Which have you read and what will be added to your TBR pile? Add your comments below, or click any title above to leave a review.

Share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #WomensPrize.

Keep up with all the latest news on the Women’s Prize website.

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World Book Night announces Nadiya Hussain, Katie Piper and Fearne Cotton among lead ambassadors

The annual celebration of reading for pleasure returns this spring, honouring books and the difference they make to our wellbeing
Books by Joe Wicks, Jay Blades, Jojo Moyes, Bernardine Evaristo, Peter James, Agatha Christie & more to be gifted
Over 68,000 books distributed to prisons, hospitals, food banks, youth centres, care homes and mental health groups
Encouraging the whole nation to come together for #ReadingHour

World Book Night, the annual celebration of the pleasure of reading organised by The Reading Agency, is delighted to announce that Nadiya Hussain, Katie Piper, Fearne Cotton, Louise Pentland and Shaparak Khorsandi will be the campaign’s lead ambassadors.

Together with The Reading Agency, the World Book Night ambassadors are inviting the whole nation to join the #ReadingHour (7-8pm) on Sunday 23rd April, when everyone will be encouraged to spend time with a good book and invite others to do the same. The initiative started in 2020, during the first national lockdown, when the estimated social media reach of #WorldBookNight and #ReadingHour was 14.3 million. This year, The Reading Agency will be launching an exciting new initiative to get the whole nation reading, with more details unveiled in early April.

As part of World Book Night, The Reading Agency will be gifting over 68,000 books to organisations across the country to give to people who don’t regularly read for pleasure or with limited access to books. This year’s 400 recipients include 89 arts organisations or charities, 47 hospitals or health centres, 39 prisons and young offender institutions.

The list of books that will be distributed to organisations on World Book Night features: critically acclaimed actor David Harewood’s memoir Maybe I Don’t Belong Here; Superheroes: Inspiring Stories of Secret Strength by Sophia Thakur and Denzell Dankwah; Isabel Hardman’s exploration of nature, exercise and mental health, The Natural Health Service; Ravena Guron’s upcoming murder mystery for young adults, This Book Kills, and many more. There is also a selection of audiobooks available for the public to download for free from this month, including The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns and One Body: A Retrospective by Catherine Simpson.

Selected by a panel including librarians, the World Book Night booklist has something for avid readers and those new to reading for pleasure alike. This year, the booklist also features a special collection of The Reading Agency’s most popular Quick Reads, the series of shorter reads that help to tackle the UK’s adult literacy crisis by encouraging less confident readers get reading great stories by celebrated authors.

Nadiya Hussain said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be one of the Ambassadors for The Reading Agency’s World Book Night 2023 on Sunday 23 April, the nation’s biggest celebration of books and reading, and the positive impact they have on our lives. To me personally, reading means so much: it allows me to transport into a world outside of my own. Through reading, I can carve out a physical time for myself to do something that I really enjoy. That is why I can’t wait to take part in the Reading Hour, between 7-8pm on World Book Night – an opportunity to take some time out on your Sunday evening to escape into a book, talk about a book, or even listen to an audiobook! The Reading Agency has put together a wonderful booklist of reading recommendations, in case you need any inspiration. From the list, the books I particularly love are: You Think You Know Me by Ayaan Mohamud, Maybe I Don’t Belong Here by David Harewood, This Way Out by Tufayel Ahmed, Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle. I wish everyone a brilliant World Book Night and let’s get reading!”

Fearne Cotton said: “World Book Night on 23 April is the annual celebration of reading, and I can vouch for how uplifting a book can be, so I am so excited to be an ambassador for such an important campaign! Books are the perfect escapism from a tough day, month or year. They can be impactful, thoroughly enjoyable and expansive, each in their own way. The Reading Agency’s recommended reading list for this year’s World Book Night is a great example of this. From the list, I’m especially excited about Maybe I Don’t Belong Here by David Harewood, which I encourage everyone to pick up and read during the Reading Hour!”

Louise Pentland said: “I am honoured to support World Book Night on the 23rd April – I am a big believer in the work The Reading Agency do. Being an author, I see the true value in reading and writing – It genuinely opens up the world to education, adventure and communities which is so powerful. I’m here to celebrate reading and the joy it can bring!”

Katie Piper said: “I am so thrilled to be supporting World Book Night and this brilliant initiative by The Reading Agency. Reading and writing books changed my life, so to support a campaign based on the proven power of reading is such a natural partnership for me.”

Shaparak Khorsandi said: “World Book Night is the best night of the year! I’m so excited to be joining the wonderful crew of ambassadors for such an important campaign, celebrating reading, books, readers, and how amazing all of the above are! During Reading Hour, everyone should be grabbing a good book and set some time aside to read, and from the reading list, I’ve got my eyes on Ayaan Mohamud’s You Think You Know Me. So let’s all join in the celebrations and get reading!”

Karen Napier, CEO of The Reading Agency, said: “We’re hugely excited to celebrate World Book Night 2023 with such a fantastic team of Ambassadors who are helping us champion the power of reading. We’re immensely grateful for the support from authors, publishers, libraries and giveaway organisations for helping people give the gift of reading this spring!”

World Book Night 2023 Titles

  • Aftershocks by Anne Fine (Old Barn Books)
  • Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano (Penguin)
  • Feel Good Food by Joe Wicks (HQ, HarperCollins)
  • Game Over: Rise of the Raid Mob by M.J. Sullivan (Clock Tower Publishing, Sweet Cherry Publishing)
  • Lift Your Vibe by Richie Norton (Penguin)
  • Making It by Jay Blades (Bluebird, Pan Macmillan)
  • Maybe I Don’t Belong Here by David Harewood (Bluebird, Pan Macmillan)
  • Nightingale Point by Luan Goldie (HQ, HarperCollins)
  • One Body: A Retrospective written and narrated by Catherine Simpson (Saraband)
  • Passing by Nella Larsen (Penguin Classics)
  • Pulling Through by Catherine Jessop (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)
  • Superheroes: Inspiring Stories of Secret Strength by Sophia Thakur and Denzell Dankwah (#MerkyBooks, Cornerstone)
  • The Natural Health Service: What the Great Outdoors Can Do For Your Mind written and narrated by Isabel Hardman (Bolinda Audio)
  • The Patient: A DS Cross Thriller by Tim Sullivan (Aries, Head of Zeus)
  • The Songs You’ve Never Heard by Becky Jerams and Ellie Wyatt (Clock Tower Publishing, Sweet Cherry Publishing)
  • The Trust by M.H. Eccleston (Aries, Head of Zeus)
  • The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns, narrated by Laurence Bouvard (Bolinda Audio)
  • This Book Kills by Ravena Guron (Usborne)
  • This Monk Wears Heels: Be Who You Are by Kodo Nishimura (Watkins Publishing)
  • This Way Out by Tufayel Ahmed (Lake Union Publishing, Amazon Publishing)
  • You Think You Know Me by Ayaan Mohamud (Usborne)

Quick Reads 2023 Titles

  • Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle (Vintage)
  • Hello Mum by Bernardine Evaristo (Penguin)
  • One False Move by Dreda Say Mitchell (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Paris for One by Jojo Moyes (Penguin)
  • The Double Clue: And Other Hercule Poirot Stories by Agatha Christie (HarperCollins)
  • Wish You Were Dead by Peter James (Pan Macmillan)

For more information, please visit worldbooknight.org.

Follow the latest developments on social media via: @WorldBookNight @ReadingAgency / #WorldBookNight #ReadingHour

The Summer Reading Challenge theme is… Ready, Set, Read! with Youth Sport Trust

We’re teaming up with children’s charity, the Youth Sport Trust, for ‘Ready, Set, Read!’, a Summer Reading Challenge focused on reading, sport and play.

The Reading Agency is pleased to announce today that the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge is ‘Ready, Set, Read!’ Delivered in partnership with national children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust and public libraries, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge aims to keep children’s minds and bodies active over the summer break, empowering young people to forge new connections with others and unleash the power of play, sport and physical activity through reading.

Children are challenged to get reading over the summer holidays. From July to September, through taking part in the free Challenge, children will be able to join a superstar team and their marvellous mascots as they navigate a fictional summer obstacle course brought to life with illustrations by children’s illustrator Loretta Schauer, rewarded by free incentives including stickers.

The Summer Reading Challenge shines a light on the power of public libraries as a hub for local communities and will bring together the benefits of sport, play and creativity. The Youth Sport Trust has developed fun family activity cards, which alongside the official 2023 Summer Reading Challenge book collection, will aim to keep imaginations moving over the school holiday. The Challenge and activity cards are available to access through the online digital platform, summerreadingchallenge.org.uk, to allow those with limited physical access to the library to join in. By participating in the challenge, young people will have the opportunity to explore new reading material, develop skills, and discover new interests.

This year, the Youth Sport Trust will also be piloting active equipment packs in 5 libraries across the UK. These packs will be available for families to borrow alongside books from the Challenge. The equipment packs will include hard copies of the activity cards and basic sports equipment to support families to be active, irrespective of space and cost barriers. Details of libraries participating in the equipment pilot will be available through the digital platform.

The Summer Reading Challenge has been running since 1999 and helps to prevent the summer reading ‘dip’ that many young people experience during their summer holidays while schools are closed. With the help of local libraries, the Summer Reading Challenge is accessible to all and provides a fun, free activity for children. In 2022, the Summer Reading Challenge reached 723,184 children and families across the UK, with 608,015 children taking part through their local library service, a 31% increase compared to 2021. The Challenge also drove 132,223 new children’s library memberships which is 40% higher than the 2019 pre-pandemic total.

Karen Napier, CEO, The Reading Agency, said:

“We are really delighted to be partnering with the Youth Sport Trust for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Building on the successes of last year and the significant increase in library sign-ups, we can see there is real demand from families to have in-person activity to get involved in over the holiday. This year’s ‘Ready, Set, Read!’ theme provides the perfect opportunity to get children together to have fun and enjoy the power of reading.”

Ali Oliver MBE, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said:

“We know for too many children reading and physical activity levels fall during the summer school holidays, setting them back in term of literacy and physical development. This is why as a national children’s charity, we are delighted to be partnering with the Summer Reading Challenge this year. We are working together to bring brilliant and imaginative stories to life through movement.

“There is an exciting growing body of research which shows physically active children achieve higher levels of academic attainment than their less physically active peers. Indeed, movement plays and important part in brain function. Not only that, but physical activity supports better health and well-being, and we know healthy and happy children achieve more.

“Attitudes towards physical activity in childhood track into adulthood so it’s hugely important we give all young people a positive experience, and recognise the contribution sport, play, and physical activity make in helping young people to learn, and develop physically, socially and emotionally.

For more information, visit www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk.

Download a free audiobook for World Book Night 2023

Have you ever listened to an audiobook? Whether you’re a seasoned listener or haven’t yet dipped your toe into the world of audiobooks, this is for you.

We’re offering free audiobook downloads as part of World Book Night 2023. We have four titles on offer, and you can choose one that you’d like to listen to.

Share this opportunity with friends, family and colleagues.

Four audiobooks are available:

Head over to worldbooknight.org to download your audiobook today.

Reading during the school holidays really does make a difference!

Over 12 million books borrowed as part of Summer Reading Challenge 2022

As part of World Book Day, The Reading Agency has published findings from an Arts Council England-funded independent evaluation of the 2022 science-themed, Summer Reading Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge is run in partnership between The Reading Agency and UK public libraries. Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays. The Challenge helps get children into libraries each year to keep up their reading enjoyment and confidence, encouraging children aged 4 to 11 to read books during the long summer holiday. In 2022, The Reading Agency saw 723,184 children engaging in over 95% of library authorities across the UK.

The research explored areas including the impact on reading engagement and behaviours and the impact on wellbeing. Participation in the Summer Reading Challenge was found to result in statistically significant change for children who took part compared with those who did not: reading more books, enjoying reading more, and feeling more confident in their reading ability. Participating children and teachers reported several positive impacts on children’s reading engagement and behaviours. Most felt that children were more likely to read after participating in the Challenge because:

  • The Challenge helped them to find books they enjoyed
  • Reading more regularly over the summer increased some children’s reading confidence as they were able to develop their vocabulary and practice reading aloud
  • Children were also inspired to write their own stories and share recommendations with others
  • Children were motivated by rewards and incentives

In the 2022 evaluation, over half of those surveyed stated that their children felt better about themselves through taking part in the Challenge and 75% had improved their reading skills. The annual evaluation findings for 2022 provide overwhelming evidence to suggest that librarians and volunteers engaged in delivering the Challenge played an instrumental part in motivating children to read. 67% of parent/carers strongly agreed or agreed that, because of taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge they used the library more as a family (including digital use and e-lending).

In 2022 the Challenge saw 132,223 new library members which was a 40% increase from pre-pandemic total in 2019 with a total of 12,777,143 books, including eBooks and audio titles, issued through libraries over the summer! Children reported visiting the library as part of the Challenge an exciting opportunity to find new books, going to the library enabled children to identify and pick up new books that they wanted to read.

The Arts Council funded research also found that the Challenge had several positive impacts on children’s wellbeing, providing them with a sense of purpose and accomplishment, and reducing the impact of negative or challenging feelings. Children reported a range of positive impacts of the Summer Reading Challenge, and reading more generally, on their wellbeing, including:

Reduced feelings of stress and an increased sense of calmness – many children noted that reading helped them to feel calm and to improve their capacity to manage challenging emotions.

  • Happiness and excitement when reading new books or about new topics
  • A feeling of pride and sense of accomplishment – some children attributed this feeling to tackling difficult books such as chapter books or long books with advanced vocabulary.
  • Developing imagination and creativity through reading – more broadly, reading sparked children’s imagination, as many reported being absorbed in the books they read while completing the Challenge.

One year 6 pupil who took part said: “I like reading a lot, my vocabulary has improved, [I’ve] started to read more books than I used to.”

One Year 4 pupil who took part said: “I love to read because when you get stressed or angry it just helps you to calm down.”

In 2022, library coordinators gifted an additional 67,996 packs to families living with disadvantage, further bolstering the reach and engagement of the Challenge. Libraries worked with a wide range of local organisations to reach specific groups and individuals, increasing engagement with the Challenge and enabling equal opportunity of access. Resources translated into home languages were produced to support public libraries with these targeted activities, events and promotions. In 2022, in response to the large number of Ukrainian children arriving in the UK, three key downloadable Summer Reading Challenge resources were translated into Ukrainian to support Ukrainian families in their area to take part in the Challenge and engage with their local library service.

The Summer Reading Challenge 2022 reach and impact infographic is available to download here.

The Reading Agency

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