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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. Also thanks to Society of Chief Librarians Cymru and Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC).

Funders and supporters

Arts Council England Championing, developing and investing in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. They support activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

The Summer Reading Challenge in Wales is supported by Welsh Government and Books Council of Wales.

British Council The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

Pearson At Pearson, they 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.

Sky VIP Sky customers have the chance to pick up their own free copy of The Most Important Animal of All or The Planet in a Pickle Jar to celebrate our Summer Reading Challenge partnership. Head to the MySky App and check out Sky VIP for details.

Explore Learning Since 2001 Explore Learning has made a meaningful difference to over 300,000 young people throughout the UK. Committed to delivering outstanding maths and English tuition, Explore Learning has become a leader in the British market with 95 vibrant learning centres, an award-winning online platform and 4000 dedicated employees. It is recognised as a trusted partner for parents, schools and charities, as a place that strives to do much more than get children through a test. Here children have their individual learning needs met whilst building a life-long love of learning.

Matey’s Bubble Bath Matey believe fun in water is an essential part of childhood, from paddling pools to rockpools, celebrating and enabling fun in water for bubble bath adventures. Which is why their purpose is inclusive and represents all children. 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.

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 support us to make as many reads available as possible.

Supporters 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.

Parentkind 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.

SLA 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