What is the Reading Champions programme?
There are two distinct elements to the Reading Champions programme, offering something for all students:
- A national, live quiz, with heats in the spring term and a summer grand final
- Termly in-school reading challenges, each inspired by engaging themes
Reading Champions has three core aims:
- to promote reading enjoyment
- to encourage diverse reading
- to improve reading stamina
National Reading Champions Quiz
The National Reading Champions Quiz, with the support of the Authors’ Licensing Collecting Society (ALCS), returns for its fourth year in 2024.
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 shine. It celebrates libraries and librarians, builds a reading community and brings excitement and drama to the wonderful world of reading.
But don't just take our word for it...read these insights from a team that made it to the finals previously:
You can also explore the school librarian perspective in our blog.
Sign up to take part in 2024
Registration for the regional heats of the National Reading Champions Quiz 2024 is now open!
Teams consist of four students plus a reserve. The cost of entry is £25 per team, and schools can enter up to two teams.
Dates and structure
Regional heats for the NRCQ run throughout late February and the whole of March. The grand final will take place in June and is scheduled to be a live event.
Why take part?
The quiz aims to champion all reading, giving readers a chance to shine and be celebrated by their school. Quizmaster Mr Dilly makes it a fun experience for all.
“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
Explore example titles
We don't supply specific book lists for this quiz. Each year we reference over 250 books, and we do not expect schools to purchase these titles in advance of the quiz.
Please encourage students simply to read widely and to enjoy themselves!
However, if you'd like to explore the variety of titles we referenced in 2021 and 2022, please download this sample book list.
“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
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.
Get in touch
If you have any questions about Reading Champions, please contact us.
About our partner
National Literacy Trust Reading Champions is supported by ALCS.
Watch this ALCS animation as a great starting point to helping your students understand copyright in a fun and interactive way. Karl Nova uses his voice and talent to bring the importance of copyright for writers and artists to life in this video from ALCS.