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Summer Reading Challenge 2022

Summer Reading Challenge


The Summer Reading Challenge, presented by The Reading Agency, is delivered in partnership with public libraries and funded by Arts Council England. The Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the summer holidays, providing lots of fun as well as helping to prevent the summer reading ‘dip’.


Each year the Challenge motivates over 700,000 children to keep reading to build their skills and confidence.


This year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme is Gadgeteers, created in partnership with Science Museum Group and illustrated by top children’s writer and illustrator Julian Beresford.


This year’s theme ‘Gadgeteers’ will spark children’s curiosity about the world around them. With resources and activities from the Science Museum Group, the Challenge focuses on inspiring children to see the science and innovation behind everyday objects, showing that reading and science are for everyone.


The Challenge and the accompanying book collection will show that imagination can unlock endless possibilities, and the library is where this starts. Through taking part in the Challenge, with free packs from public libraries or on the children’s website, children will be able to join six fictional ‘Gadgeteers.’ The characters use their curiosity and wonder to understand the science behind a whole range of interests from fashion and technology to cooking and music.


The Challenge will launch in libraries in Scotland and N.I. on Saturday 25 June and in England and Wales on Saturday 9 July. Children can also join in the fun online on the official Challenge website.


Each time you finish a book, add it to your website profile to unlock special badges and activities. If you already have a website profile from a previous Summer Reading Challenge, you can sign in to get started with Gadgeteers. If you’re taking part online for the first time, you’ll need a parent or carer to help you sign up – click the ‘Join’ button at the top of the page to get started.


There is plenty to do on the  website, from games to activities and competitions.


You can even talk about your favourite books and characters in the Chat


The website allows you to keep track of the books you read and to unlock extra digital rewards. To find books to read, there’s no better place to start than at your local library.


You can borrow books for free, including eBooks and audiobooks, and there are so many to choose from!


Visit the Library Zone to find participating services in your area.


Let’s get reading and get ready to become Gadgeteers!

Scroll down for lots more content including  "Book Recommendations..." for each year group. 

Introducing the "Reading Rocks!" pages

Why read?


Reading is one of the most important skills we learn. Understanding what we read is a core skill for everything else we do into adulthood. That is why we, at St Teresa's, want to champion reading.  Click the link below to read more, including the value of reading for 20  minutes a day, dads reading with their children and other valuable insights. 

Accelerated Reader with MyOn

Accelerated Reader is a scheme for readers in Years 4,5 & 6 and free readers from Year 3. The scheme celebrates Reading for Pleasure and will enable the children to choose within a range of books suitable for their age, interest, and ability and, when they have finished, take a short quiz to earn points. To find out more, click the link to our Accelerated Reader page below.


Book Recommendations


Here are book recommendations across the age groups. Click on the star to see choices for your age group.


Our Amazon Wish List


The link that follows is our Amazon wish list of books that we would like for our classrooms and library. This list is updated regularly. We are particularly keen to acquire books to fill the gaps in our Accelerated Reader book rages - particularly books at the lower end and higher end which are under-resourced. In time, the list will be reorganised into key stages. Books donated through our Amazon Wish list will be sent directly to the school with details of who has donated the book.




Our School Library


 We operate the library like a public library using the Dewey classification system for non-fiction and numerical order now, for fiction, based on Accelerated bandings.


We have pruned our non-fiction and reference stock to ensure that what we have on the shelves is up to date and relevant. We have also invested £1000 in new fiction, much appreciated by the children. A shelf of more challenging books for mature readers in Years 5 & 6 has been established. These books are rich in vocabulary and challenging in content. We want our most gifted readers to find books that might ordinarily not be available. 


A slight reorganisation in the library, including an extra bookcase has enabled us to display our new books in a way that is appealing to our young people. An audio library has also been developed. Our overall ambition is to digitise our library so that we can monitor stock more closely and scan books in and out more efficiently. Just before school closed for the summer break, a busy staff and volunteer team labelled all our KS2 books ready for September when Accelerated Reader is rolled out for Years 4,5 and 6.




St Teresa's  Reading Ambassadors


We are children from each class chosen to be Reading Ambassadors because we love reading. We launched the new library stock last year and ran the "Guess Who? teachers with books" competition last Christmas. This year, we hope to make a bigger impact.

Book Talk


This page is to discuss themes in books or to share gossip about new releases.