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Join our Summer of Reading

Unleash your reading superpowers this summer!

Where are you going this summer? How about visiting a village in the Himalayas, or going on an adventure in 19th century Amsterdam? Would you like to experience a magical ice garden, or embark on a quest to free dragons from captivity? Perhaps you’d prefer to meet a Jamaican freedom fighter or get to know the Greek gods? We’re inviting you to unleash your reading superpowers and find out just how far a good book can take you.

All you have to do to take part is find the right book for you – and that’s where our challenge begins. It’s easy to get involved and there are some fantastic prizes up for grabs:

  • A book bundle worth £200 plus a £50 National Book Token for the winner
  • A £50 National Book Token each for three runners up

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Just follow our three simple steps:

Step 1

Step 1: Choose 3 books
With so many brilliant books to choose from, this might just prove to be the hardest part of the challenge. If you can’t decide what to read, take a look at  The Week Junior’s Summer of Reading booklist. Our experts have picked 50 books to tickle your reading tastebuds.

Step 2

Step 2: Read, rate and review
When you have finished reading each book, tell us what you think on the Summer of Reading review form. Rate each book by filling in the stars. Next, describe the book in three words. If you’d like to write a longer review, use the lined space to share your thoughts.

Step 3

Step 3: Enter to win a book bundle worth over £200 + National Book Tokens!
When you’ve read, rated and reviewed three books, complete the sentence then take a photo of the form and email it to competitions@theweekjunior.co.uk with the words SUMMER OF READING in the subject line. Entries close at midnight 03/09/21.

Happy reading!


Watch our live launch event! Featuring award-winning authors, Jasbinder Bilan, Elle McNicoll and Benjamin Zephaniah.

In this online event – hosted by The Week Junior’s Features editor, Ben Isaacs – Jasbinder, Elle and Benjamin will share some of their secrets of storytelling. They’ll be talking about what inspires them, how their own experiences have influenced their books and why reading is a superpower. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from some of the UK’s most exciting children’s authors and discover how you too can harness the power of reading. Tamarind and the Star of Ishta by Jasbinder Bilan, A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll and Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah, all feature on The Week Junior’s Summer of Reading booklist. You can download it now from the link above.

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Information for parents 

Reading is a vital part of a child's development, helping broaden their understanding of the world, develop vocabulary and spark imagination. Whether your child is an accomplished reader or is just getting started, we're here to support you. 

Have a look below at our dedicated parents' page, where you can find more information on the Summer of Reading challenge. We hope you and your child enjoy taking part in our Summer of Reading - let us know how you're getting on via email or tag @theweekjunior and use the hashtag #summerofreading on social media - we can't wait to hear all about it! 

Summer of Reading Official Partners



To launch The Week Junior’s Summer of Reading campaign we’ve partnered with these amazing organisations to support and spread the word about the joys of reading. 

Each partner brings a wealth of information on giving children the opportunity to explore, excite and ignite their love of reading. So, if you’re looking to donate some books, find your local bookstore or looking for the best recommendations on children's literature, you’ll find it here.

As well as the main reading challenge above, we're also running a separate prize draw to win £150 in National Book Tokens! Click here to enter.

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