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A Summer Reading Challenge Supportive Resource

5 yo reading on screen

Are you hoping to take part in The Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge, but want to engage in more ways than just reading books?

Swindon Stories are bringing you a supportive resource, designed for families who have children with special education needs, to highlight all of the ways you can get involved in the challenge and share stories.

With an equal focus on sensory play, speaking, listening, signed story time and reading, the activities encourage children and parents or carers to explore their interests and get reading together as a family.

The resource, which counts towards your Summer Reading Challenge, is a great way for children to learn through their hands and touch, and get used to hearing their parents voice on their journey to expressing themselves.

The Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge is a national scheme run by the Reading Agency which aims to encourage children to read for pleasure and prevent their reading levels from dipping during the summer break.

This year's theme is 'Ready, Set, Read!', with a focus on sport and play. Delivered in partnership with national children's charity Youth Sport Trust, the challenge aims to keep children's minds and bodies active over the summer break and unleash the power of play, sport and physical activity through reading.

Children who sign up are encouraged to read six or more library books of their choice, collect stickers to track their progress and receive a certificate and medal when they complete the challenge.

Get involved

We'd love to see you getting involved, so please send any pictures of you taking part to or @SwindonStories and we may share them on our Facebook page.

Download the resource

This fantastic, free resource was created in partnership with Swindon SEND Family Voice, The Reading Agency and Swindon Libraries.

These eleven ideas are designed to inspire you to think differently about reading. Use them this summer and beyond!

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