Reading Champions

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Launched with the generous support of the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS), Reading Champions is a national reading campaign that supports and celebrates reading culture within schools, encouraging reading for pleasure, reading diversely, and the development of reading stamina.

The programme

There are two elements to the Reading Champions programme: a national, live quiz, plus termly in-school reading challenges.

Reading Champions Quiz

This national quiz provides a wonderful way to celebrate students’ reading knowledge and peer group collaboration as well as showcase the role of libraries and librarians within schools.

If you have students aged between 10 and 14 years who love to read and would relish the chance to compete, then enter one or two teams to represent your school. Questions test students' knowledge across a range of genres, stories and book knowledge.

Take a look at our sample questions - and the linked question and answer sheet - to find out more.

In 2021 we held 18 online regional heats, with the winner of each heat going forward to the final, held on 24 June. This hugely inspiring and enjoyable event featured authors including Michael Rosen, Cressida Cowell, Anthony Horowitz, Charlie Higson, David Baddiel and Priscilla Mante popping in with good luck messages and to pose their own questions.

  • Join in

    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

    Dates for 2022 heats have not yet been set. To be first to hear sign up to our newsletter.

  • Why take part?

    The quiz aims to celebrate all reading, giving readers a chance to shine.

Reading Champions Challenges

As part of our ongoing work to support schools, we run Reading Champions Challenges. These bitesized challenges are designed to help build a reading culture in schools by encouraging reading for pleasure, reading diversely, and supporting development of reading stamina. Reading Champions Challenges are open to and completely free for all UK schools, and span across Key Stages 1, 2, and 3 (ages 5 to 14).

Each challenge will have its own engaging theme, and will be supported by a suite of resources that will include teacher guidance notes along with additional elements such as posters, templates, and video clips to make the challenge fun.

  • Termly challenges

    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.

See all our Reading Champions Challenges

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