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Summer Reading Challenge 2022

The Summer Reading Challenge, presented by The Reading Agency and funded by Arts Council England, encourages children aged 4 to 11 to set themselves a reading challenge to help prevent the summer reading ‘dip’.

Each year the Challenge, delivered with the support of public libraries, motivates over 700,000 children to keep reading to build their skills and confidence. By encouraging your pupils to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge, your school can:

  • Enhance and support its reading initiatives and involve parents and the wider community
  • Celebrate the joy of reading whilst ensuring all children are able to read well by the age of 11
  • Continue to support pupils’ learning during the holidays
  • Help to prevent the trend for children’s reading skills to dip over the holidays

Each year the Summer Reading Challenge has a different theme. For 2022, The Reading Agency is partnering with Science Museum Group for Gadgeteers, a science and innovation themed Challenge that will spark children’s curiosity about the world around them.

Find out more about Gadgeteers here.

The Challenge will launch in libraries in Scotland and N.I. on Saturday 25 June and in England and Wales on Saturday 9 July.

Children can also join in the fun online, here on the official Challenge website. Finish dates and reward items vary by location, so we recommend getting in touch with your local library service to find out more about the Challenge in your area. Stay up to date with news about the Challenge and other exciting offers on our Facebook page.

Gadgeteers Resources

We have a range of schools’ resources to support with promoting the Challenge and helping your pupils become Gadgeteers!

Download our 2022 Schools Pack to find out more about this year’s Challenge, the benefits to your pupils and how to take part.

Our Assembly Presentations are a great way to introduce the Summer Reading Challenge and this year’s theme to your pupils. These presentations can be shared in class or on remote learning platforms.

Engage children with this Gadgeteers Invite Colouring Sheet.

You can also use our helpful Newsletter Template to promote the Challenge on your school’s website or in newsletters sent home to families.

To help get your students excited about the Challenge use our downloadable Gadgeteers Posters. We have printable A3 and A4 posters for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Explore the themes of innovation, technology and immersive storytelling with our ‘Get Immersive with the Gadgeteers’ Activity Pack for Schools.


Free resources to share with your class

Visit our Resources Bank to download free materials including book lists, teaching resources, activity sheets and videos. The Resources Bank is updated with new items every week, so check back regularly!

The Teachers’ Reading Challenge

Join your own challenge by signing up for the Teachers’ Reading Challenge, running from 27 June until 29 October. Get rewards, resources and start conversations with other teachers as you discover brilliant children’s books this summer. Resources and recommendations from the 2021 Challenge are still available for you to access too!

Sign up to our Teachers Mailing List! You’ll receive a monthly Teacher’s Newsletter, full of interesting news, information about the Teachers’ Reading Challenge and useful tools and tips.


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The Reading Agency also co-ordinates a national network of reading groups for children called Chatterbooks. Find out more about the resources available for you to set up your own children’s reading group here. Visit our Shop to order a Chatterbooks group leader toolkit and to see our latest reading group offers. You can also find hundreds of free resources including reading group guides and activity packs on our resources page. If you would like more information about Chatterbooks please get in touch.

Reading Well for children

Reading Well for children provides quality-assured information, stories and advice to support children’s mental health and wellbeing. Books have been chosen and recommended by leading health professionals and co-produced with children and families. The booklist is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11), but includes titles aimed at a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers. Find out more about the scheme and access supporting resources here.

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