Join our exciting reading challenge!
Reading is one of the greatest gifts you’ll ever give your child. It’s a superpower that will fire their imagination, increase their vocabulary and boost their wellbeing. To ignite their passion for the written word, our interactive Summer of Reading is a fun challenge that encourages them to get lost in some great books – and review them. So whether they’re an enthusiastic reader or just getting started, there’s no better time to boost your child’s powers – for life.
We’re challenging every child to read, rate and review three books, for a chance to win the following
- A fantastic book bundle worth £200 PLUS £50 National Book Tokens
- Three runners up will win £50 National Book Tokens each
To make it easy, we've put together a brilliant list of 50 books for readers of all abilities, so whether your child is an accomplished reader or just getting started, there's something for everyone.
Reading for pleasure is a gift that will last a lifetime
Literacy is, of course, an essential life skill; it unlocks the door to learning and discovery and has been proven to build brain function, increase vocabulary and improve concentration and creativity. But the benefits of reading go beyond basic comprehension.
Research by The Reading Agency, National Literacy Trust and others has shown that reading for pleasure promotes mental wellbeing by helping children to relax, reducing anxiety and stress. It can help children develop empathy by experiencing the world through someone else’s eyes. They will begin to understand themselves better, too, as they explore different emotions, identities and experiences.
The key to encouraging reading for pleasure is to allow children to read what they want. According to the UK Literacy Agency, “If children want to pick up a book, comic or magazine, choose their own reading material and enjoy reading, they are far more likely to continue reading, become effective readers and gain from the countless ensuing benefits.”
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3 ways to help children enjoy reading
- Find out what they’re interested in and help them to find reading material that connects to their passions. The Week Junior’s Summer of Reading list of 50 books is a good place to start (plus there is a fun competition to help motivate them!) and there are plenty more useful resources online, including Book Trust’s Book Finder.
- Start conversations about books. Encourage children to talk about what they’ve read and describe what they did and didn’t like about it.
- Suggest they find out more about their favourite authors. Many authors have their own websites and YouTube channels.
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The Week Junior was created to get kids to love reading, a skill that fires your child’s imagination, increases their vocabulary, and boosts their wellbeing. It’s a superpower that will help your child in the real world, for the rest of their life.
As a celebration of our Summer of Reading challenge, we're giving you the chance to try your first . What's more, you'll also get some extra special content - our Passport to a Summer of Fun. It's packed with inspiring ideas to help your kids get really stuck into our summer reading challenge and make of the most of it.