There are two elements to the Reading Champions programme: a national, live quiz, plus termly in-school reading challenges.
Reading Champions Quiz
The National Reading Champions Quiz, with the support of the Authors’ Licensing Collecting Society (ALCS), returned for its second year in 2022.
The quiz allows keen readers, aged between 10-14 years, to become part of a team, represent their school in a national competition and have a chance to really shine. It celebrates libraries and librarians and brings great excitement and drama to the wonderful world of reading.
But don't just take our word for it...
“Me and all my friends are completely obsessed with books and loved to find out that there are other people who are crazy about books!”Student
“It was a challenging but exciting event for our students who rarely get the chance to use their wide reading knowledge in competition against other schools in this way.”School co-ordinator
“My favourite part of the quiz was seeing kids get all excited because they knew the answer … Those moments give all students a chance to shine and to feel like they are clever and important which is so important for their confidence and self-esteem. If only you could bottle that enthusiasm!”Regional Organiser, West Midlands
Teams consist of four students plus a reserve. The cost of entry is £20 per team, and schools can enter up to two teams.
Dates and structure
Regional online heats for the NRCQ normally run throughout March. The grand final will take place in May and is scheduled to be a live event.
Why take part?
The quiz aims to celebrate all reading, giving readers a chance to shine.
One or two challenges every term, each with its own engaging theme and activities. Challenges remain available on our site indefinitely, so you can run your favourite challenge year after year.
Simple and adaptable
Guidance notes to help you run the challenge and adapt it to suit your own circumstances, whatever the age of your students, size of the group, or time you have available. Keep activity focused, or scale up the challenge across the whole school!
Book giveaways and prizes
Our challenges often come with fantastic book giveaways, book discounts and book prizes. Books are always carefully selected to help support delivery or recognise a great winning entry.
Questions about Reading Champions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org