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500 Words Competition 2020

The 500 Words competition launched today, Thursday 16 January, on BBC Radio 2. It is one of the most successful story-writing competitions for kids in the world, and helps to get children excited about reading and writing.

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge helps get three quarters of a million children into libraries every year to keep up their reading skills and confidence. Find out much more about how to participate, and about the 2019 theme Space Chase, here.

Children's reading groups

Chatterbooks reading clubs help children build a lifelong reading habit. We estimate that almost 9,000 children belong to Chatterbooks groups, which can be run by anyone with a passion for reading. Find out more about Chatterbooks here.