National Reading Programmes

BBC – Get Reading

The BBC has launched a year-long reading campaign that will celebrate great authors and their works and get the nation reading and sharing the books they love.

Get Reading 2016 is being run in association with key partners The Reading Agency, BookTrust, the National Literacy Trust, the Society of Chief Librarians and the Scottish Library and Information Council. The campaign will be run over social media and other digital mediums, with events and specially-commissioned programmes across BBC TV, Radio and online.

The campaign kicks off in spring with the BBC Shakespeare Festival 2016 and then celebrate the centenary of Roald Dahl over the summer with a season of children’s books on the BBC. Throughout the year BBC Two and BBC Four will also be commemorating the works of other famous authors such as the Brontës and Rudyard Kipling, before BBC Two and BBC Learning begins the autumn theme of inspirational books that encourages the nation to share their favourite books via social media.

We will be publicising the Get Reading promotions in Islington throughout the year, alongside other national reading programmes, so check in with our twitter and facebook for more details!

Summer Reading ChallengeSRC

The Summer Reading Challenge is the nationwide initiative run by the Reading Agency which aims to encourage children aged 4-11 to include reading as part of their summer activities. Each year there is a different theme, this year’s being Animal Agents. Around 1,000 Islington children complete the Challenge by completing 6 books every summer. Everyone gets a medal and certificate and we have some special lucky dip prizes to offer some completers!

Parents: the Challenge not only helps maintain the reading habit over the holidays but is great fun, so encourage your child to get involved!

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Young people aged 13-19 can become Summer Reading Challenge Champions and help children to complete the Challenge and help our staff run our programme of summer events.