Children's reading can 'dip' during the long summer holidays if they do not have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure; this can be a problem for schools to put right in the new term. The disruption of education for pupils caused by Covid-19 will make this challenge even greater.
The Reading Agency’s annual Summer Reading Challenge really helps by getting over 700,000 children regularly into libraries over the summer, with thousands more taking part online.
There is no other free reading activity that involves so many children, introduces families to their library, encourages children to choose books freely and independently and is endorsed by parents, teachers and the Department for Education.
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.