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 Challenge

SRCEvery summer we offer a Summer Reading Challenge to keep children aged 4-11 in the reading habit over the long summer break. Although it’s called a “challenge”, we put the emphasis on reading for fun. Children are asked to read six books in return for mini-prizes, a medal, certificate and the chance to win a special prize. Parents and carers can help their child by encouraging them to take part and be positive about their child’s reading. You can find out more about the Challenge at

Each year there is a different theme, and 2018’s is Mischief Makers – celebrating the 80th birthday of the Beano comic.

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.

We are grateful to the Richard Reeve’s Foundation for its support in funding prizes for 200 of the children who will complete the 2018 Challenge and the young people working as Summer Reading Challenge Champions

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