The Reading Challenge is a massive reading promotion programme for children and young people in the UK. It is conceptualised by The Reading Agency in collaboration with the Arts Council England and the BBC and now runs in libraries and schools all over the world. In the Reading Challenge, children are challenged to read a range of books and are encouraged to complete the challenge with an exciting range of incentives and activities. Since its launch in 1999, it has become UK’s biggest promotion of children’s reading. Around 839,000 children took part in last year’s programme borrowing an amazing 20 million books from the libraries. The programme is now being run in over 30 countries like Spain, Thailand, Malaysia, Portugal, Kazakhstan, Singapore, Oman, Romania, France, Greece, Vietnam, Columbia, Venezuela, Sri Lanka and India.
The aim of the challenge is to get children to read a wide variety of books from the specially selected list on different themes. The challenge inspires children to read for fun, pleasure and personal achievement. It helps them explore new titles by different authors and talk about them with their friends. They enjoy the freedom to choose whatever they want to read the wealth of books that is on offer for them. The element of challenge gives them an incentive to read, and a sense of achievement on finishing them. Whether the child is just beginning to pick up books or is an avid reader already, the Reading Challenge will fire up their imagination.
The Reading Challenge is great fun for every child and it also gives children a real sense of achievement. What’s more, research shows children who take part get a head start in the classroom.
- They have a more enthusiastic attitude to studies and are keener and ready to learn
- They have enhanced confidence and self-esteem by completing the Challenge and receiving their medals and certificates
HOW IT WORKS
Every child who joins the challenge has to read six books within a span of six weeks. The child will then participate in some activities based on the theme and complete the challenge. If they complete the challenge successfully, they will receive a certificate at the end of it and all exceptional performances will be rewarded with a medal.
- The essence of the Reading Challenge is ‘read a book in a week’.
- The books are divided into two categories – Younger and Older
- Books will be displayed in the library
- The younger collection is suitable for children in the age group of 5 to 8 years and the older collection for 9 to 13 years.
- Children will have to read books from the collection of books for their respective age groups. They can choose the books they want to read from a wide range of books on the theme.
- There are specially designed workshops and activities for children in the two age groups. The children will have to attend the workshops and activities designated for them.
- On successful completion of the challenge, they will receive certificates and medals from The UK Reading Agency and British Council
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WHAT YOUR CHILD GETS
- Six Book Reading Challenge
- Reading Challenge welcome kit
- Storybooks from the British Council on a selected theme for borrowing and reading
- Book reviews and assessments
- Certificates of achievement from the UK Reading Agency and British Council
- 2 Workshops on language and creative skills by British Council trainers
- Medals to successful participants on completion of the Reading Challenge