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Our thanks to…

Our Team
The Reading Agency Team and the Board of Trustees who work tirelessly to ensure children keep reading over the summer.

Library partners
Our public library delivery partners and the passionate library staff who bring the Reading Challenges to local communities.

Libraries Connected and the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians (ASCEL), along with the School Library Association (SLA) and CILIP’s Youth Libraries Group
Society of Chief Librarians Cymru
Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC)

Funders and supporters

Arts Council England
The Summer Reading Challenge in Wales is supported by Welsh Government and Books Council of Wales
British Council

OverDrive Education
OverDrive Education is the leading digital reading platform for K-12, delivering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks and audiobooks to school partners across the globe. We support reading and learning in the classroom, library and home. Learn more about OverDrive Education, and Sora the student reading app, at

At Pearson, we believe every learner should be equipped with the tools they need to express their ideas and imagination creatively and confidently, in order to become whoever they choose to be. To find out more about Pearson Literacy and English please visit our web-page.

If you’re a Sky customer, here’s your chance to pick up a free copy of Steve Backshall’s Shark Seas to celebrate our partnership with Summer Reading Challenge. Head to the MySky App and check out Sky VIP for details.

Publishers and providers
To all of the publishers who are featured in the official Summer Reading Challenge book collection.
To all the publishers who have supported the Challenge this year by publishing wonderful books by brilliant authors and fantastic illustrators.
To the providers that have supported us to make as many reads available as possible throughout 2021: is an online bookshop with a mission to financially support local, independent bookshops. You can support a specific local bookshop to receive the full profit from your order, or your order will contribute to an earnings pool that will be evenly distributed among independent bookshops.

Choose your next book from the booklists on The Reading Agency’s affiliate page to support us while shopping at no extra cost.

BorrowBox provides eBooks and eAudiobooks for libraries. With the BorrowBox library app, you can browse, borrow and download amazing titles by your favourite authors from the comfort of your own home or when you’re out and about. Get the app today from your App Store or Google Play and start enjoying incredible eBooks and eAudiobooks straight away via your local library.

Hive is an ethical online retailer, selling Books, eBooks, DVDs, Music and Gifts.

We love the high street, and most of all we love bookshops! We are proud to support an Independent bookshop in our network with a percentage of every single sale we make on the site.

You can order online, and collect your orders in your local shop, or have them delivered direct to your home, either way the shops still benefit from your purchase.

OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. Learn more about OverDrive Education, and Sora the student reading app, at


Thanks to all the organisations and individuals for your help promoting this year’s Challenge.

We want to give a big shout out to our friends who have worked with us as promotional partners to ensure we reach as many families as possible.

British Library

For research, inspiration and enjoyment, The British Library is the national library of the UK. We hold over 170 million items, from books and manuscripts to sound recordings and maps. Our Learning team offers resources, activities and workshops for children, teachers and learners of all ages. Dive into our free website for a whole host of activities inspired by the wonderful world of children’s books.


We believe in the power of discovery at DK. That’s why we create books for everyone that explore ideas and nurture curiosity about the world we live in. From first words to the Big Bang, from the wonders of nature to city adventures, you will find expert knowledge, hours of fun and endless inspiration in the pages of our books. Find out more at

Atom Learning
Atom Nucleus is an adaptive online learning platform for children aged 7 – 12+. Content across English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Science is tailored to your child’s learning needs, helping them master key concepts, prepare for exams and reach their full potential. Start your 5-day free trial for success in the classroom, entrance exams and beyond.

Adaptive learning for KS2 and School Entry | Pretest Practice Papers | 11 plus mock exams | ISEB tests online | Atom Learning

Welcome to Atom Learning – the UK’s leading 11 Plus / Pretest online revision platform, tailored to learning both at home and in the classroom.
Log in to Atom Learning – the UK’s leading 11 Plus / Pretest online revision platform, tailored to learning both at home and in the classroom.


We’re really proud to be able to help support the Summer Reading Challenge in reaching as many families as possible.

Our mission is to support, engage and champion parents in education. We want to see more parents participating in more schools, in more ways. Bringing together home and school, Parentkind is working towards a future where this is considered an essential ingredient in the success of our children’s education by society, schools and parents themselves.

Raring2go! Magazines and websites are the local go to guide for families of primary school age children. All content in our 35 editions is family focussed.

During lockdown 1, our network of amazing editors established our Raring2Read! Facebook group, which has proved to be an incredible hit with families. The group shares top tips and strategies for engaging children in reading and shares suggestions and recommendations for great books that capture children’s imaginations. It also encourages families to dedicate time every day to reading with their young children.

The SLA is a UK focused charity which supports everyone involved in school libraries. With over
2,000 members, we provide training and resources to help school libraries thrive and support the
continuing development of all school library staff. To find out more about joining our community,
visit our website, follow us on Twitter, or contact us at