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Share stories and support your child's Summer Reading Challenge

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Swindon Stories is delighted to launch their own supportive resource for families, who have children with special educational needs, to highlight all of the ways they can get involved in this year's Summer Reading Challenge.

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 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.

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.

The activities in our supportive resources include:

  • Creating a short comic strip
  • Listening to an audiobook
  • Sensory story time
  • Sharing a story in your first language

Get involved

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

Download the Summer Reading Challenge activity sheet

This fantastic, free resource was created in partnership with Swindon SEND Family Voice, The Reading Agency and Swindon Libraries. You can pick up your own, printed activity sheet at Swindon Libraries or download it on our website.

For information on how you can enter the Summer Reading Challenge, visit Swindon Libraries & Info Service.

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