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School resources
Information about the Challenge
Staff room poster
Advocacy card
School assembly PowerPoint
Staff meeting PowerPoint
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Teaching Resources
• Lesson plans
• Photocopiable activity sheets
• Dedicated website including
the Book Sorter, videos from
authors and competitions
Website – a year round online reading community
Year round school resource with a summer makeover to
reflect the Challenge:
Children can create a profile and earn badges
online for books read
Search for their next read using the Book Sorter
Enter competitions with stories written by
top children’s authors
Chat to librarians and other children
Watch video clips of authors and illustrators
Facebook page for parents/carers/supporters
Special page for young volunteers
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Key benefits to schools
It's FREE and entirely inclusive
Delivered by libraries in the holidays
Helps prevent the 'Summer Dip’ - supports progress
Helps to deliver the new National Curriculum for English with its
emphasis on reading for pleasure and enjoyment
• Supports pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
• Extends able pupils
• Encourages parental and family engagement and home-school links
• Can be included as a literacy initiative and the participation data
used as evidence on self-evaluation frameworks and school
development plans
• Extensive accompanying websites with
downloadable schools resources
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Key benefits to pupils
• It's FREE and entirely inclusive
• The power of free choice - liberating and builds self-esteem
• Helps pupils to develop the habit of reading for pleasure and enjoyment
(not for our satisfaction!)
• Supports pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities –
any book counts; audio, Braille, graphic novel, picture book, any level
• Extends able pupils - able to take risks and try things out they might not usually read
• Encourages discussion and inspiration - not just about reading mileage
• Can support those just developing into independent readers
e.g. those leaving interventions
• Accompanying websites - digital presence
• Certificates and medals -sense of achievement and belonging
• After taking part, many children say that they think they are a better reader
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Why parents and children like it
It's free!
A great boredom -buster in the holidays
Can be done whatever the weather!
Children love earning the stickers, medals and other
• Libraries are a great place to meet up
“Fabulous scheme to
encourage children to
continue reading over
the summer holidays.
What a great idea!”
“I’m so happy. I finished
6 books and I got a medal.
Thank you so much!”
Rachana, 6 from Surrey
• All the family, including younger siblings can join in
• Children (and parents!) are very proud when the certificates
are presented in assembly in September
Helen, mother from Surrey
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What pupils get at the library
Mythical Maze fold out poster and
sticker sheets
Certificates and medals
Some libraries have
additional incentives
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All beautifully illustrated
by Sarah McIntyre
Ideas for promoting the Summer Reading
Challenge to pupils in school
Welcome your local library in to deliver the school assembly
PowerPoint (and/or show it again in another assembly or in
class near to the end of term)
Try out some of the lesson plans and reading activities - great
for the end of term
Set up some friendly competition between classes with prizes
for the class with the highest numbers of participants
Elect Reading Champions or Reading Prefects to promote the
challenge and inspire their peers in September -pupils who
did the challenge last year?
Welcome Reading Activists (young volunteers) into your
school – could be past pupils or older siblings
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Promoting the Challenge to parents
Family leaflet (available in a variety
of languages)
Include in the school Newsletter
Show PowerPoint at parents evenings
Offer an accompanied trip to the library for
targeted pupils and families before the end of
DON'T set as homework - it's fun and should
be child-led!
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After the Challenge
Celebrate! Check with your library how medals/certificates are presented - some
have special events, others will come into school to present them
Record participation data for self-evaluation and monitor any year on year increase
Use pupils' increased knowledge of books to inform book stock in school and class
Try out the After the Challenge lesson plans
Join the Schools' Library Service
Continue reading for pleasure activities by starting a Chatterbooks Reading Club
Embed the Summer Reading Challenge and Chatterbooks Reading Groups into your
layered literacy interventions provision
Help pupils use participation in the Challenge towards gaining an Arts Award
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Next steps
• Contact your local library
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Engage - Be Inspired - Inspire others
Because everything changes when we read
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