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We also know that children who read books often at age 10 and more than once a week at age 16 also gain higher results in maths, vocabulary and spelling tests at age 16 than those who read less regularly. Independent research from the Department for Education released in 2015 suggests that if all pupils in England read for enjoyment every day or almost every day, the boost to Key Stage 2 performance would be the equivalent of a rise of eight percentage points in the proportion achieving a level 4b. Reading can also be a great equaliser among children from different socio-economic backgrounds. Research suggests that children from disadvantaged backgrounds who often read for pleasure show a tendency to score more highly on tests than their more advantaged counterparts who do not read at all.


This summer, The Reading Agency libraries will be taking children across Scotland andWales on a journey into Inspired by the 50th anniversary of th landing, Space Chase will take young


BRIDGING THE SUMMER LEARNING GA P 2. Get social


England, and


readers on e moon space.


an out-of-this-world adventure with our super space family, The Rockets. The Challenge touches down in libraries across the UK this summer and features bespoke artwork from top


Children can sign up for the Challe children's illustrator Adam Stower.


nge at their


local library throughout the summer, and there are lots more fun children’s activities on the Summer Reading Challenge website www.space-chase.org.uk.


The Reading Agency is calling for parents and carers to make #SpaceforReading this


#SummerReadingChallenge. Join the campaign by submitting a photo of your own reading den with the #SpaceForReading via social media and be in with the chance of winning a special prize .


To Top tips to get


children reading this summer 1. Go digital


Children and young people tend to favour digital formats, spending 2.5 times longer each day reading something online versus reading a book. Though more time is spent reading text


What do parents think?


We surveyed 1,434 families about the impact that taking part in the Challenge has had on them and their children, and almost 80%of parents and carers said that they believed the Challenge encouraged children to read more over the summer.


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that reading isis about ks not just having to learn how to read.” Parent of 4-7-year-old boy, Kent The Summer Reading Challenge


event aimed at 4-11 year olds launching on 22 The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual


June in Scotland, and 13 July in England and Wales. Children are encouraged to read six books of their choice during the summer


holidays with collectable incentives and rewards, plus a certificate for every child who completes


competitions open throughout the summer on the challenge. There are also a range of


local library at the start of the summer holidays– Children can sign up for the Challenge at their the Summer Reading Challenge website.


and it is completely free. July/ y/August 2019 www.education-tod ya .co.uk 92


messages, websites, song lyrics and messages on social networks, children and young people also read on average 4.6 digital books per month. In 2012, we also went digital with the Challenge, and started a book sorter on the year-round Summer Reading Challenge website. The Book Sorter is an evolving database of 905,000 favourite books added and reviewed for children by children, and this year we’re hoping to get that figure to the big 1 million! The website also hosts a Reading Club, which includes videos from well-known authors, activity sheets, book reviews, and how-to videos from top children’s illustrators.


recommend Quick Reads from your local library. them? For people who are particularly busy, we encourage the adults in their lives to read with Children often model behaviours, so why not


The books are perfect for regular readers wanting a fast and satisfying read, but are also ideal for adults who are discovering reading for pleasure for the first time. Shared reading can be


of parent-child reading found that children who beneficial for both children and adults. A study


participated in programmes where they read


those who did not. Reading with children is also behaviour and social and emotional skills than with a parent had higher literacy and better


beneficial for the adults who read with them; the same study found that participating parents experienced lower levels of stress and depression and felt more confidence in their parenting skills than those who didn’t participate.


“Many children love the Challenge so


much they take part year after year”


3.Make it a routine


We’ve all tried to build new habits – and it can be tricky.We encourage people to set time aside for reading every day during the summer. Reading can be slotted into a routine, even if it’s just for a few minutes each day. Reading before dinner gives children the opportunity to discuss what they’ve read during their meal, or there’s the option of a more traditional bedtime read. For particularly busy days, we recommend trying audio books in the car. Children will be able to follow the story along with their parents/carers, chat about the characters, and the parts of the story they’ve most enjoyed.


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