The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six library books during the long summer holiday.

Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the summer holidays if they don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure. The annual Summer Reading Challenge helps get three quarters of a million children into libraries each year to keep up their reading skills and confidence. The Challenge celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

There is a different Summer Reading Challenge theme each year.

The Summer Reading Challenge 2019 theme is Space Chase, an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Children taking part in the Challenge will join our super space family, The Rockets, for a thrilling mission to track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens!

Space Chase will feature bespoke artwork from top children’s illustrator, Adam Stower, and will celebrate adventure, exploration, reading and fun!

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THE WORD

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR THE WRITTEN WORD

South Tyneside’s new state-of-the-art cultural venue, situated in the heart of South Shields, is brimming with exciting new experiences, activities and facilities for people of all ages to enjoy.

Click here to see what is happening at The Word now…

Supporting your child with their phonics reading

There are two sites, we recommend, that will give you easy reference to phonics and activities that you can use to support your child’s early reading journey:

The first is the ceebeebies Alphablocks Guide to Phonics – click here to visit the page.

Say the sounds

There are 26 letters of the alphabet but they make 44 sounds. Which  sounds would you like to hear spoken aloud and in example words?  Visit the Oxford University Phonics Made Easy site to hear examples!

Click her for: Oxford University Phonics Made Easy site – this also offers advice on the Year 1 Phonics test.

There is also advice about the Year 1 Phonics test on our assessment page…click here.

Great Books Guide 2018: for children aged 0-3

Here’s a round-up of new children’s books from the last year (2018), which we think any baby or toddler aged 0-3 will love.

Great Books Guide 2018: for 4 to 5 year olds

Here’s a round-up of new children’s books from the last year (2018), which we think any child aged 4 to 5 will love. We definitely do!

Great Books Guide 2018: for 6 to 7 year olds

Here’s a round-up of new children’s books from the last year (2018), which we think any child aged 5 to 6 years will love. We definitely do!

Great Books Guide 2018: for 8 to 9 year olds

Here’s a round-up of new children’s books from the last year (2018), which we think any child aged 8 to 9 will love. We definitely do!

Great Books Guide 2018: for 10 to 11 year olds

Here’s a round-up of new children’s books from the last year (2018), which we think any child aged 10 to 11 years will love. We definitely do!

Click here to find stories about starting school…

Best new books for 2018 can be found by clicking here…

Click here to access the Parents’ Book Finder!

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The nation’s favourites

The Book Trust asked the nation to vote for their favourite top 10 and here is the definitive ranking:

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling
  2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  3. The BFG by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake
  4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  5. Winnie-the-Pooh by A A Milne, illustrated by E H Shepherd
  6. The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
  7. The Fellowship of the Ring by J R R Tolkien
  8. Charlotte’s Web by E B White
  9. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  10. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis

Blue Peter Book Awards 2017

The enormously popular and influential Blue Peter Book Awards have been recognising and celebrating the best authors, the most creative illustrators and the greatest reads for children since 2000.

2018 winners include…

Blue Peter Book Awards 2018 – Best Story…

Winner: The Wizards of Once

By Cressida Cowell, Hodder Children’s Books

Blue Peter Book Awards 2018 – Best Book with Facts

Winner: Real-Life Mysteries

By Susan Martineau, illustrated by Vicky Barker, b small

Previous winners:

2017 Winners: Podkin One Ear and Survivors have won this year’s Blue Peter Book Awards

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2016 The Epic Book of Epicness and The Nowhere Emporium

2015 The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff and The Spy Who Loved School Dinners 

2014 Best Story: Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell (Faber & Faber); Best Book with Facts: Tony Robinson’s Weird World of Wonders: World War II by Tony Robinson and illustrated by Del Thorpe (Macmillan Children’s Books)

2013 Best Story: Tom Gates – Genius Ideas (Mostly) by Liz Pichon (Scholastic); Best Book with Facts: Horrible Science: House of Horrors by Nick Arnold and Tony De Saulles (Scholastic)

2012 The Considine Curse by Gareth P Jones (Bloomsbury)

2011 Dead Man’s Cove by Lauren St John (Orion Children’s Books)

2010 Frozen in Time by Ali Sparkes (Oxford University Press)

2009 Shadow Forest by Matt Haig (Corgi Children’s)

2007 The Outlaw Varjak Paw by S. F. Said, illustrated by Dave McKean (David Fickling Books)

2006 Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins)
2005 Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo (Collins)
2004 Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram (Templar)
2003 Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve (Scholastic)
2002 Feather Boy by Nicky Singer (Collins)
2001 The Wind Singer by William Nicholson (Egmont)
2000 A Pilgrim’s Progress retold by Geraldine McCaughrean, illustrated by Jason Cockcroft (Hodder)

Still looking for new and exciting books to read?  Why not try the Book Sorter?

All of the books in the Book Sorter have been added by children just like you!

Now you can find out what other children have recommended by clicking here.

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