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500 Words Competition 2020 - winners

Celebrating its 10th birthday in 2020, the 500 Words competition, created by Chris Evans, is the UK's largest story-writing competition for children aged between 5 and 13. This year the competition attracted a staggering 134,709 entries. Owing to the global coronavirus pandemic, a special virtual final was organised with some amazing celebrity guests taking part.

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.