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.
Reading for pleasure is more important to children’s successes than education or social class. The Summer Reading Challenge gets three quarters of a million children into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence during the long holidays while Chatterbooks reading groups help build a lifelong reading habit. Because everything changes when we read.