Summer of Reading

The Summer of Reading is a shared programme of free partner events and resources to support families and teachers to keep children reading over the summer.

Coordinated by The Reading Agency, it brings together over 20 organisations across the reading, literacy and cultural sectors to inspire families to share the love of reading for pleasure to build skills, increase confidence, support educational attainment and improve wellbeing.

With Covid-19 disrupting education, it’s more important than ever that children of all ages are encouraged to read for pleasure, and that we support parents, carers and teachers with resources and activities to keep children and families reading. With the Summer of Reading we hope to reach thousands of families across the UK and share the proven power of reading, supporting them through the challenges of the pandemic and Covid Recovery.

The Summer of Reading launched on 14 June with a range of exciting events, resources and reading activities for families to enjoy! Check out our announcement here.

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Authors Aloud Virtual Summer Events

Authors Aloud are passionate about enabling children to experience the magic of books and meeting their favourite writers or discovering new ones. This summer they are working with library authorities in multiple locations across the country to bring authors and their storytelling skills to you!

You can see all of the locations and links to their events on the Summer of Reading Resource Page.


Check out the Summer of Reading resources bank with lots of great resources like read-along videos, printable activity packs, booklists, online games and more!

Keep checking back as we aim to keep building the resource bank for families over the summer.

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Find us on social media! Every Monday we will dedicate our channels to the Summer of Reading. We will be sharing new resources and an events schedule for the coming weeks.

We would love for you to share what you are reading and the reading activity you are taking part in this summer using the hashtag #SummerofReading and tag us @readingagency.

If you or your organisation would like to support the Summer of Reading you can get involved by:

  • Using #SummerofReading on your posts from 14 June – 17 September
  • Download the Summer of Reading social media cards to use on your channels to promote your summer activity and the campaign to your audiences.
  • Tag @readingagency with your reading activity and we will share your posts on a Monday
  • Tell your networks about the Summer of Reading in your newsletters, you can find a newsletter asset alongside our social media cards

We want to ensure the Summer of Reading programme of activity reaches far and wide so please join us in sharing the proven power of reading!

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With thanks to all of our collaborating partners who have helped make the Summer of Reading a success and provided you with plenty of fun reading resources and activity.

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