It's been another great year for the Summer Reading Challenge with 839,622 children taking part, a 3.6% increase in overall participation on 2013. The 2014 theme was Mythical Maze, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre.
The full evaluation report is now available along with regional breakdown data but you can also view the key highlights from 2014 below:
In total 839,622 children participated in the Summer Reading Challenge:
- 794,801 children across the UK participated at their local library (44% were boys)
- 14,621 under 4s in the UK took part in the Challenge, using the specially produced Summer Reading Challenge Early Years material (6,711 in 2013)
- Internationally, the Summer Reading Challenge reached 30,200 children who participated though the British Council (12,200) and in Eire/ Republic of Ireland (18,000)
UK local library participation
Overall UK participation in the Summer Reading Challenge was up 2.2 %. Of the 794,801 children who participated at their local library:
- 463,601 children (58%) completed the Challenge by reading six books (43% were boys)
- 81,908 children joined the library as new members during the Challenge this summer
- 801 children used the Summer Reading Challenge to achieve Arts Award Discover across 37 authorities in England
- Based on the data supplied by 84% of participating authorities, we estimate that there were more than 18,000,000 children's library issues in UK libraries over the summer.
- 8,126 volunteers aged 12 to 24 supported the Challenge.
A parent from Suffolk said:
This challenge has definitely made a difference to my girls' reading. They can't wait to get to the library every few days. They wouldn't have picked up a book this holiday if it wasn't for the challenge! Now I think they will carry on even after it's ended. So thank you very much. At last my children are enjoying books!
Community engagement through volunteers
Summer Reading Challenge volunteering supports the government's major Step Up To Serve campaign, which aims to double the number of young people participating in social action by 2020.
In 2014 over 8,000 volunteers aged 12 to 24 supported the Challenge, with the double benefits of acting as positive role models for children and building their own confidence, love of reading, well-being and pre-employment skills.
Rob, a Summer Reading Challenge volunteer at North Yorkshire Libraries, said: "Doing the challenge has really built my confidence as a person and has also given me plenty of new opportunities."
"I don't know what we would have done without the volunteers. They have been great." said Mike Treacy, Head of Children's Services, Kingston Libraries.
Download the full report or headline results.
Regional headline data is also available:
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