Summer Reading Challenge 2023

The Reading Agency‘s annual Summer Reading Challenge reaches over 700,000 children across the UK each year. This year, The Reading Agency partnered with Youth Sport Trust for Ready, Set, Read!, a sports and games themed Challenge that kept children’s minds and bodies active over the summer break. The official Summer Reading Challenge book collection offers inspiration in the form of 55 recommended reads that reflect this year’s themes of play, teamwork, and taking part! 

The Reading Agency and the Youth Sport Trust invite children on a winter reading adventure

The Reading Agency has today announced that they are teaming up with the Youth Sport Trust again for this year’s Winter Mini Challenge, a free reading adventure. The Challenge encourages children to keep up their reading over the winter holidays and offers rewards and prizes for continuing to read.

Following the success of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, the Winter Mini Challenge will continue to follow the Ready, Set, Read! theme throughout the winter. By taking part online via the Challenge website, children will be able to join this year’s six characters as they head out to have fun on a winter walk.

The characters, illustrated by Loretta Schauer, will get children fired up about games, sport and play, with the Ready, Set, Read! theme of the Challenge aiming to keep children’s minds and bodies active over the winter holiday. Children can log their reads and share reviews on the digital platform and earn rewards for their reading, with many public libraries across the UK offering events and activities which tie into the theme.

During the school holidays, some children experience a ‘dip’ in their reading skills. The Winter Mini Challenge is on a mission to change this by providing a way for children to keep reading for enjoyment outside the classroom. Accompanying resources which can be downloaded through the digital platform will help families and teachers to provide free and fun activities over the holiday.

The Winter Mini Challenge will launch on 1 December and run until 19 February.

Karen Napier, CEO, The Reading Agency said: “We saw a fantastic response to this year’s sport and games themed Summer Reading Challenge, showing that reading goes hand-in-hand with play in helping children to explore their creativity. We’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with the Youth Sport Trust for this year’s Winter Mini Challenge and hope we’ll fire up the imaginations of children across the country.”

Ali Oliver MBE, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust: “Following the success of the Summer Reading Challenge, we are delighted to be partnering with the Reading Agency once again on this year’s Winter Mini Challenge! The cold weather and early evenings over the winter can make getting active outdoors challenging, but we hope children and young will be inspired by the games, sport and play themed books selected as part of the Ready, Set, Read Challenge to keep active over the winter holiday.

We know active children are happier, healthier and can even achieve more in the classroom. The Winter Mini Challenge is a brilliant way to inspire children over the winter to keep both minds and bodies active.”

Visit www.wintermini.org.uk for more information.
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What is the Winter Mini Challenge?

A great confidence booster! The Winter Mini Challenge is a fun online challenge that encourages children to keep up their reading across December – February.  

It’s free to take part on wintermini.org.uk, where children can collect rewards for logging and reviewing books. Whatever your interest, it all counts.  

Unlock special badges and earn a certificate of achievement once you meet your reading goal!  

More than 6000 children took part in the Winter Mini Challenge in 2023. 

More than 23,500 books were read during the 2023 Challenge.  

More than 23,500 books were read during the 2023 Challenge

More than 6,000 children took part in the Winter Mini Challenge in 2023


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Get involved online

Children can take part on the official Challenge website. They’ll find lots of fun things there, including book recommendations, activity sheets, games, videos, and reading tips!  

The Winter Mini Challenge runs online from December to February but many libraries run free activities and events throughout the year. Ask the librarian when you go into your library to borrow your books.  


Resources

Photos of key materials: Marvellous Makers

At the link below, you will be able to download photos of key Marvellous Makers materials. These photos can be used in your promotional materials…

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Document Borders – Summer Reading Challenge 2024

Download these funky Marvellous Makers borders to create Summer Reading Challenge posters, activities and resources. All illustrations are by Natelle Quek and © The Reading…

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Clip art for Marvellous Makers: Characters (JPEGs)

Download JPEGs of individual characters, created by our brilliant Summer Reading Challenge 2024 illustrator, Natelle Quek. You must credit Natelle Quek wherever you use this…

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Latest News

We’ve extended the Winter Mini Challenge!

The Reading Agency are so pleased to see so many young readers getting involved in the Winter Mini Challenge that we have decided to extend the challenge until Sunday 20 February 2022.

The Reading Agency and Science Museum Group invite children on a winter reading adventure

The Reading Agency is thrilled to announce that we are continuing our partnership with Science Museum Group for the Winter Mini Challenge, a reading adventure which encourages children to continue reading over the winter holidays with a free, digital platform offering rewards and prizes for continuing to read.

Following the success of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, The Reading Agency is once again teaming up with Science Museum Group to continue the Gadgeteers theme throughout the winter. Through taking part online via the Challenge website, children will be able to join six fictional Gadgeteers.

The characters – brought to life by children’s writer and illustrator Julian Beresford – use their curiosity and wonder to understand the science behind a whole range of interests, from fashion and technology to cooking and music. With activity ideas and resources from Science Museum Group, the Winter Mini Challenge will help to spark children’s curiosity about the world around them, inspiring them through creativity and invention. The setting for the Winter Mini Challenge is a festive party at the Gadgeteers’ community centre. When a sudden snowstorm whirls in, can the Gadgeteers use their ingenuity, creativity and curiosity to keep everyone entertained until the weather brightens?

During the school holidays, some children can experience a ‘dip’ in their reading skills. The Winter Mini Challenge supports this by providing an outlet for children to continue reading for enjoyment outside the classroom. The supporting resources will help families and teachers to provide free-to-access recreational activities over the holiday.

The Winter Mini Challenge will launch on 1 December and run through until 20 February.

Karen Napier, CEO, The Reading Agency said: “We know that reading and science skills development go hand in hand. That’s why we’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with Science Museum Group for this year’s Winter Reading Challenge. We hope that the ‘Gadgeteers’ will spark the imaginations of children up and down the country this winter.”

Susan Raikes, Director of Learning at the Science Museum Group, said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership this year with The Reading Agency for the Winter Reading Challenge. We are sure that the further adventures of the ‘Gadgeteers’ will inspire children to use their imagination. Reading ignites curiosity and this is an opportunity to explore the science and innovation all around us.”

Visit www.wintermini.org.uk for more information.

Follow the latest developments on social media:

@ReadingAgency

#WinterMiniChallenge

We’ve extended the Winter Mini Challenge!

The Reading Agency are so pleased to see so many young readers getting involved in the Winter Mini Challenge that we have decided to extend the challenge until Sunday 20 February 2022.

Children are back at school for the new year, and we want to encourage as many as possible to keep reading for pleasure. With some remaining restrictions in place due to the pandemic, we have extended the Challenge to allow children to keep accessing the wonderful resources and rewards online.

How can children take part in the Winter Mini Challenge?

The Winter Mini Challenge is run through our year-round children’s website. To take part, children simply read three books or more – these can be any books of their choice. Every time they finish a book, they add it to their Challenge website profile and leave a short book review.

Reaching their online reading goal will unlock a special virtual badge and a new Wild World Hero certificate to print off and keep! You will also be able to find fun activities, videos and reading recommendations, plus an exciting competition.

Children can visit the Winter Mini Challenge website at www.wintermini.org.uk to start rating and reviewing their books and enjoying the online activities.

Get involved

Visit our online Shop to download your free Winter Mini Challenge resources pack. The pack includes a Completer’s Certificate, an Arctic-themed Reading Record and a brilliant Activity Sheet for children to enjoy! Alongside these, you will find our Communications Toolkit which includes social media assets and suggested copy.

You can keep up to date with The Reading Agency’s latest children’s activities and offers by following our Summer Reading Challenge page on Facebook or following #WMC2021.

Join the Winter Mini Challenge!

What is the Winter Mini Challenge?

The Challenge encourages children to keep up their reading habits over the winter holidays, with a free-to-access website featuring rewards and incentives for reading and reviewing books.

This winter we are very excited to announce a return of the Wild World Heroes!
The Reading Agency teamed up with WWF UK for the Wild World Heroes Summer Reading Challenge – exploring nature and action for the environment through reading. Now the Heroes are back to help with the Winter Mini Challenge!

Join the Wild World Heroes as they embark on an Arctic adventure to find out about the creatures that live there. You will find out about the environmental issues facing this remote place and might even spot a narwhal or two.

We’re excited to announce that this year’s Winter Mini Challenge will run from Wednesday 1 December and finish on Sunday 16 January 2022.

Why is the Challenge important?

Over the school holidays children can experience a ‘dip’ in reading skills and learning. With the persistent disruption to education caused by Covid-19 this is predicted to have an even greater impact on learning loss. We hope the Winter Mini Challenge can provide reading encouragement and fun for children and families.

How can children take part in the Winter Mini Challenge?

The Winter Mini Challenge is run through our year-round children’s website.

To take part, children simply read three books or more – these can be any books of their choice. Every time they finish a book, they add it to their Challenge website profile and leave a short book review.

Reaching their online reading goal will unlock a special virtual badge and a new Wild World Hero certificate to print off and keep!

You will also be able to find fun activities, videos and reading recommendations, plus an exciting competition.

Children can visit the Winter Mini Challenge website at www.wintermini.org.uk from 1 December 2021 to start rating and reviewing their books and enjoying the online activities.

Get involved

Visit our online Shop to download your free Winter Mini Challenge resources pack. The pack includes a brand-new Completer’s Certificate, so you can celebrate reading achievement in your library, school, reading group, activity club, or at home. You will also find a brilliant Arctic-themed Reading Record and Activity Sheet for children to enjoy!

Alongside these, there is a Promotional Poster and our Communications Toolkit packed with social media assets and suggested copy so you can build excitement amongst your young readers.

You can keep up to date with all of The Reading Agency’s latest children’s activities and offers by following our Summer Reading Challenge page on Facebook or following the hashtag #WMC2021.

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