MPs from across the Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland joined us at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday (9 July) to pledge to encourage children to read over the summer, as part of our world record attempt for this year's Summer Reading Challenge.
We're happy to announce this year's book collection for the Summer Reading Challenge 2015, Record Breakers. There are two lists - one for younger children and one for older children - with 71 titles between them.
In Scotland the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge starts and finishes a little bit earlier than it does in the rest of the UK, so we are already hearing some great stories from Scottish Challenge completers.
Hundreds of children completed the first-ever Christmas Mini-Challenge by visiting their library, reading three books and logging them on the Summer Reading Challenge website over the Christmas holidays.
Over on the Summer Reading Challenge website the Christmas Mini-Challenge is just kicking off. Children are invited to read three library books between 12 December 2013 and 6 January 2014 in order to earn a special badge and a secret reward video!
This summer, thirteen library authorities in the South West worked together to produce a Creepy House inspired dance tour. The aim of the project was to try out a new and innovative approach to enrich children's connection with the Summer Reading Challenge.
We've been looking back at this year's Summer Reading Challenge, Creepy House. It was a fantastic challenge, with record levels of participation and rave reviews from children and parents all over the country.
The Summer Reading Challenge has come to an end for another year and children all over the country have been rewarded for their brilliant efforts with medal ceremonies and parties that will be remembered for a long time.
The Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland launches today (Thursday 20 June), aimed at inspiring children aged 4-11 throughout Scotland to read more. The theme for this year's Challenge is Creepy House.
At Ysgol Esgob Morgan in St Asaph, North Wales, 100% of the children took part in the Summer Reading Challenge and completed it. They were encouraged and supported by Head Teacher Tim Redgrave and their Patron of Reading, Helena Pielichaty.
Holly (aged 9) and her mum have a joint online blog where they talk about what they have read, both now and in the past. Holly took part in the Summer Reading Challenge this year and wrote this post about how much she enjoyed the experience.
During the summer we asked children to finish short stories started by six well-known authors, including Jacqueline Wilson and Julia Donaldson. We've announced one winner each week over the past six weeks.
The Summer Reading Challenge is fast approaching and soon hundreds of volunteers will be on the lookout for fun activities to do in the library. Share your Mythical Maze activity with us and be in with the chance to win a prize.
Reading Activist in Swansea made great use of social media to promote the Summer Reading Challenge. Volunteer Coordinator, Laura Cornish, gave us an insight into how they went about promoting the event online.
Lewisham Libraries' Service Development Manager Jo Moulton gave us an insight into her experiences of the Summer Reading Challenge and the benefits that it has brought to children, volunteers and librarians.
Since summer 2010 Samuel has been a Summer Reading Challenge volunteer at Horsham Library in West Sussex. Here he tells us about his experiences as a volunteer, and explains how the project has helped him improve his CV and boost his confidence.
Jodie was a second year student at the University of Birmingham when she applied to be a Summer Reading Challenge volunteer at Dudley Libraries. Little did she know that her volunteering would help her secure a paid job.
This summer young people all around the UK have been helping with StoryLab activities in their local public libraries as part of the Summer Reading Challenge. Katie from Redhill has sent us some great new tips for StoryLab volunteers about different ways to get the most out of volunteering!
Books had never been Mike's thing but thanks to Plymouth Libraries, Reading Ahead and the Summer Reading Challenge, he now regularly reads with his six year-old son Carlton and developed a reading habit of his own.
Award-winning Irish writer John Connolly has pledged his support for public libraries. He said: "When libraries start closing, something is very wrong with our culture, and I think that in this time of cuts, we as authors we have a duty to support libraries".
We are delighted to announce today that Animal Agents, illustrated by Tony Ross, will be the theme for the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge. Find out more and read the participation figures for The Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016.
This weekend thousands of children and families pledged to use their local library over the summer and help libraries set a new Guinness World Records™ title, as well as celebrating the official launch of the Summer Reading Challenge in England and Wales.
The latest Read On. Get On. report shows we urgently need to take action to help the youngest children in society to read well. Our CEO, Sue Wilkinson, writes on the importance of working with libraries as well as parents and carers to make this happen.
The MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning described how programmes like the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland are helping children and families keep up their literacy skills and read for pleasure in the long break from school.
After the record-breaking success of this year's Summer Reading Challenge, Cressida Cowell, bestselling author of the How To Train Your Dragon books, today launches our second Christmas Mini Challenge.
Having joined us in January 2014, Sue Wilkinson is about to experience her first Summer Reading Challenge as CEO of The Reading Agency. Here she writes about her hopes for children to find new books and gain confidence in recommending reads to others.
It's been a tremendously exciting and eventful year for us here at the Reading Agency. As the year comes to an end, we thought it was a good time to look back and remember some of those special moments. Here are our highlights.
On 19 June an event was hosted by Fiona McLeod MSP at the Scottish Parliament to raise awareness of the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland, which we deliver with Scotland's libraries. Miranda McKearney gave the following speech at the event.
On 23 May we were very excited to announce a new partnership with Hay Festival. The opening day of the festival featured a special Summer Reading Challenge event attended by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and 3,000 primary school children.
Recently our Director, Miranda McKearney chaired a discussion at Capita's Moving English Forward conference for teachers. Here is an extract from her introductory remarks on reading for pleasure in schools.
The number of young people aged 11 to 24 volunteering in their local library as part of the Summer Reading Challenge has risen by almost half.
Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd joined inspirational young volunteers at a reception at No. 11 Downing Street on 15 January, to celebrate this achievement and to encourage even more young people to share in the benefits of volunteering.
Parents who want to encourage their children to read more will be relieved to hear that it needn't cost them a penny.
In a Reading Agency survey of 1,110 children aged 4-11 over a fifth (22%) selected visiting the library as the action most likely to make them want to read, compared to less than 2% saying that reading a book on an ipad or kindle was the thing most likely to make them want to read.
The Reading Agency has today announced that it is working with local authority library services across the UK to create a "Youth Innovation Network" of librarians who together will generate thousands of new volunteering opportunities in public libraries for young people aged 11-25 years.