Skip to content

1,391,351 books read so far

About our programmes

Winter Mini Challenge

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

Over the school holidays children can experience a ‘dip’ in reading skills and learning, and due to the disruption to education caused by Covid-19, this year is set to have an even greater impact on learning loss.

This winter we are very excited to team up with award-winning inclusive publisher Knights Of  to run an Everyone Is A Hero themed Mini Challenge. We’ll be celebrating heroes in all their forms and supporting children to keep reading this winter.

The Winter Mini Challenge starts on Tuesday 1 December 2020 and finishes on Friday 15 January 2021.

This year’s Mini Challenge features characters from books published by Knights Of, including titles from the Knights and Bikes (written by Gabrielle Kent; illustrated by Rex Crowle), High-Rise Mystery (written by Sharna Jackson; illustrated by Wumzum), and Run series (written by Jason Reynolds; illustrated by Selom Sunu).

To take part in the Winter Mini Challenge, children simply read three or more books – 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 virtual badge and a special Everyone Is A Hero certificate to print off and keep!

Visit our Shop to download your free Winter Mini Challenge resources pack (also available in Welsh). The pack includes promotional posters, social media assets and a communications toolkit so you can start building the excitement amongst your young readers! It also includes a Winter Mini Challenge completer’s certificate, so you can prepare to join in the fun in your library, school, reading group, activity club, or at home.

You can keep up to date with all of The Reading Agency’s latest children’s activities and offers by following us on Facebook or following the hashtag #WMC2020.

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge, presented by The Reading Agency, is delivered in partnership with public libraries and funded by Arts Council England. The Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the summer holidays, providing lots of fun as well as helping to prevent the summer reading ‘dip’.

Each year the Challenge motivates over 700,000 children to keep reading to build their skills and confidence.

In 2020, the Summer Reading Challenge celebrated funny books, happiness and laughter. Children taking part in the Challenge joined the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck into all sorts of funny books!

The Challenge featured bespoke artwork from award-winning children’s author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson (Amelia Fang; Evil Emperor Penguin; I Don’t Want Curly Hair).

Due to the restrictions on schools and public libraries, the 2020 Challenge launched in a new digital format. It supported parents and carers with children already at home, offered schools exciting ways to animate remote learning, and provided great content for those back in the classroom.

With school life disrupted and many children missing the company of their friends, this year’s fun-filled Challenge was all the more vital as a way of helping parents and carers find family-friendly activities, maintain literacy levels and create a safe space for children to connect with their peers. Understanding that not all families have internet access at home, The Reading Agency also worked with partners including public libraries and publishers to ensure that printed Summer Reading Challenge materials could be provided to children who needed them most.

If your child enjoyed taking part in a challenge and you can help us share the experience with even more children, please consider donating to The Reading Agency by clicking here .

If you would like to make a larger gift, legacy pledge or can support our fundraising in any way, please email

The Reading Agency receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payer’s permission.
Customer care 08448479800. Charity No 1085443.

Back to the About section