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05 December 2019

Winter Reads 2019: Poetry, Short Stories and Novels

We’ve put together a selection of reads for Reading Ahead participants with the theme ‘Winter Reads.’ It includes poems, short stories and books for various reading levels from pre-entry to level 2. The Winter Mini Challenge starts on Monday 2 December...

10 September 2019

Roald Dahl Day activity sheets and competition from OUP

Get Gobblefunking with Roald Dahl Oxford University Press have some fantabulous activity sheets for children to use and enjoy this Roald Dahl Day (13 September). If you do use the resources in your library or school, we would love to see photos....

05 September 2019

Winter Mini Challenge 2019 - Promotional Assets

We’re snow excited to be teaming up with our publisher partner Oxford Children’s Books for a brrr-illiant Pugs of the Frozen North themed Mini Challenge! Pugs of the Frozen North is an action-packed adorable-pug-filled adventure from Philip Reeve and...

10 July 2019

The Summer Reading Challenge and Arts Award Discover

In this download you will find: Arts Award Discover activity sheets A document showing how the activities map to each part of Discover Information for parents & carers

09 July 2019

Space Chase Family Favourites Activity Sheet

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge for children celebrates 50 years since the first Moon landing, making it the perfect theme to inspire readers of all ages. Use this activity sheet to create a record of the books you’re enjoying and to...

04 July 2019

Space Chase Activity Sheets

Download activity sheets for children taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge 2019, including wordsearches, sudoku puzzles and anagrams. This download also includes answer sheets. Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the Summer Reading Challenge 2019....

01 July 2019

Space Chase game: dice and counters

Download this activity sheet to make dice and counters for the Space Chase Rockets and Comets game! Cut out the templates or design your own counters to create everything you need to play the game. You can also find this resource on...

18 June 2019

Space Chase Promotional Video Trailers

Watch the video trailer for Space Chase, the Summer Reading Challenge 2019. Follow the links underneath each video to view the trailer on YouTube, where you can find more options to share and embed each video. If you do not have access...

23 May 2019

Space Chase colouring sheets

Four activity sheets featuring Space Chase characters for children to colour in. Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the Summer Reading Challenge 2019. Libraries should contact their local Summer Reading Challenge coordinator(s) for access.

23 May 2019

Space Chase Treasure Hunt

Download a pdf version of the Space Chase character treasure hunt. This bundle contains 10 colour character sheets for you to print and hide, plus an activity sheet for children to fill in as they find each character (available in colour...

17 May 2019

Space Chase colour in activity sheet

Use this colour in activity sheet to send children home with a personalised Summer Reading Challenge invitation.

28 February 2019

Summer Volunteering Training Toolkit

Resources to support libraries in training young volunteers during the Summer Reading Challenge and year-round. This pack includes: a training presentation for young people, a training guide for library staff, a guide to using www.readinghack.org.uk a volunteering guide for young people, a sample volunteer agreement form

12 December 2018

Summer Reading Challenge headline data - Mischief Makers 2018

Download the headline results for Mischief Makers, the Summer Reading Challenge 2018. Local authorities can also customise the infographic template included in the download to reflect local data.

02 November 2018

A Society of Readers

A new report lays out the central role reading must play in helping to address many of the most pressing challenges British society will face over the next decade. Read the full report and share your thoughts on Twitter and...

05 July 2018

Mischief Makers Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Here is a Chatterbooks activity pack to accompany the Summer Reading Challenge, Mischief Makers. It features reading and activity ideas inspired by the brilliant books in the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge collection.

12 June 2018

Book Discussion Cards

Use these book discussion cards to help children talk about their books. You can place them on a table and before speaking to a member of staff or volunteer, children can decide which card to take with them, and...

16 May 2018

Children's University Learning Destination Poster

The Summer Reading Challenge is a nationally validated learning activity and libraries are recognised Learning Destinations. Download this official Children’s University Learning Destination poster to display in your library.

16 May 2018

Children's University

Find out how children can earn Children’s University hours by taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge and Chatterbooks groups.

23 March 2018

Maria and Me by Miguel Gallardo - A guide and extract

Monday 26 March kicks off Autism Awareness Week. We are thrilled to have the brilliant Maria and Me by Miguel Gallardo as one of our Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge selected books. It’s a father’s first-hand account of what life...

22 November 2017

Summer Reading Challenge UK Participation Report - Animal Agents 2017

761,758 children took part in the Summer Reading Challenge 2017 across the UK, an increase of 6,550 on the previous year’s total. Here is the national participation report for Animal Agents

22 November 2017

Summer Reading Challenge UK Headline Data - Animal Agents 2017

Here is a summary of the results for Animal Agents, the Summer Reading Challenge 2017, captured in a handy infographic

22 November 2017

Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland Participation Report - Animal Agents 2017

Here is the participation report for Animal Agents, the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland 2017

22 November 2017

Summer Reading Challenge Wales Participation Report - Animal Agents 2017

Here is the Welsh participation report for Animal Agents, the Summer Reading Challenge 2017, available in English and Welsh.

22 November 2017

Summer Reading Challenge Regional Headline Data - Animal Agents 2017

Here are the regional results for Animal Agents, the Summer Reading Challenge 2017

22 November 2017

Summer Reading Challenge Animal Agents 2017 - Family Survey results

We carried out a participation survey with families taking part in Animal Agents, the Summer Reading Challenge 2017. The results were very positive, demonstrating that families really value and enjoy taking part in the Challenge, and it makes a difference to...

03 July 2017

Animal Agents Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Here is a Chatterbooks activity pack to accompany this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Animal Agents. It features some of the fabulous books in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge collection.

15 May 2017

Volunteering Resources: Wales

Welsh translations of our most popular resources, including: a volunteering guide for young people, an empty belly poster, a volunteering certificate, publicity postcards advocacy card on the benefits of volunteering

20 December 2016

Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland 2016 - Participation Report

Here is the national participation report for the Big Friendly Read, Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland 2016.

25 November 2016

Summer Reading Challenge 2016 - The Big Friendly Read Headline Results

Here are the summary findings and a regional breakdown of results for The Big Friendly Read, the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge

25 November 2016

Summer Reading Challenge 2016 - The Big Friendly Read Family Survey

In 2016 we carried out a family participation survey. The results were very positive, demonstrating that families really value and enjoy taking part in the Challenge, and it makes a difference to their reading behaviour and library usage over the...