260,000 books to children and young people

Date Created: 23rd Sep 2020

School children are shown a book with an painting of a face with snakes for hair, Artsmark Celebration Day at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, June 2019

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As part of Arts Council England’s bridge network we were able to help distribute 260,000 books to children as part of this summer’s Reading Challenge, around 75,000  of those were across our South East area.

The Reading Agency’s charitable mission is to enable everyone to read their way to a better life – irrespective of age or economic background. Reading can tackle life’s big challenges, from social mobility to mental health – and The Reading Agency are determined that no one is left behind.

This summer their focus is on families — and knowing that not all households can access digital platforms, The Reading Agency and Harper Collins donated over 260,000 books and Summer Reading Challenge activity packs. Across the Bridge network we have worked to connect with food banks, community hubs, councils and charities across the country to support children and young people most in need at this time.

The annual Summer Reading Challenge aims to motivate 4 – 11 year olds to read six (or more) books of their choice during the summer holidays, with collectable incentives and rewards, plus a certificate for every child who completes the Challenge.

“We were delighted to work in partnership with local authorities in our region on this initiative which saw 62,500 packs together with books sent out to young people in time for the summer holidays.  Reading can be such a joy and escape.  With libraries closed due to lockdown, some young people would have missed out on this opportunity so it was brilliant to be able to connect local authorities with The Reading Agency to support this work”

 

To find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge click here: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk

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