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The Take 10 Challenge encourages everyone to read for 10 minutes every day to improve their wellbeing and support their literacy.

First developed by Read Manchester, Take 10 now inspires children, families, and organisations nationally as part of the National Literacy Trust's Connecting Stories campaign and is proudly supported by Wesleyan and Arts Council England.

On Monday 10 October we'll be hosting a series of activities for schools and communities to mark World Mental Health Day. Come back to this webpage for more updates on how to get involved.

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    Support your pupils and students to Take 10 this Mental Health Awareness Week inspiring them to keep reading every day at school and at home.
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    Communities and organisations

    Support your staff, their families and your community to Take 10 this Mental Health Awareness Week.
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    Parents and families

    Reading for at least 10 minutes every day is great for your child’s happiness, wellbeing and, of course, for improving their reading and writing.
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Our research

Our research shows us that reading can be an effective way of helping people take care of their mental health and wellbeing - and it only takes 10 minutes a day to see the benefits! Reading every day can help everyone - children, young people and adults - to:

  • Relax, unwind and boost their mood
  • Escape from the pressures of life and reduce their stress levels
  • Improve your memory and concentration
Read the full report

Previous Take 10 moments

To inspire people to take up and continue the challenge, the National Literacy Trust hold Take 10 campaign weeks and national moments where thousands of people across the UK drop everything and read together for 10 minutes.

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    Thousands #Take10ToRead with Ant & Dec!

    More than 55,000 school children attended our Take 10 moment with superstar TV presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly!
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  • Maz Evans event

    Children's Mental Health Week, February 2022

    We hosted a live workshop for schools with author Maz Evans, plus authors and Literacy Champions shared why reading is good for their wellbeing.
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  • Tom and Louisa Take 10 event

    165,000 people Take 10, October 2021

    The nation stopped what they were doing to read for 10 minutes, and schools took part in events with award-winning author Tom Percival and acclaimed novelist Louisa Reid.
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  • Anthony Horowitz Take 10 News

    100,000 people Take 10, May 2021

    The nation took 10 minutes to read at 10am on 10 May and award-winning author Anthony Horowitz virtually visited thousands of children across the UK.
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