Reading Agency launches summer programme with 20 organisations

Reading Agency launches summer programme with 20 organisations

The Reading Agency is partnering with more than 20 organisations to encourage children’s reading and learning over the summer, and supporting families, teachers and librarians with free resources and events.

Launching on 14th June, the Summer of Reading initiative will see organisations working together on a shared programme of activity, aiming to reach as many families and children as possible.

Organisations taking part include Arts Council England, BookTrust, Bookmark, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, CILIP, Libraries Connected, the National Literacy Trust and the Open University.

Throughout the summer, families will be encouraged to share their reading activity on social media with the hashtag #SummerOfReading. An extensive programme of activity will be available from 14th June, with new events and resources being announced every week, through to 17th September. It will include both digital activity and in-person events at libraries as they reopen.

Confirmed events so far include Pop Up Project’s livestreamed showcase and its “10 Stories to Make a Difference” project launch at the British Library. There will also be the Reading Agency’s 2021 Summer Reading Challenge with WWF and the Teacher’s Reading Challenge in partnership with the Open University, to give teachers and librarians access to a wide range of reading content.

Sue Williamson, director for libraries at Arts Council England said: “We believe not only in the proven power of reading in tackling societal concerns but also that reading is an immensely powerful creative act. As the national development agency for public libraries, we welcome the emphasis on the library network to enable so many to take part using library resources which are free at the point of contact in nearly 3,000 libraries across England. We also welcome the opportunity for publishers, booksellers and libraries to work together in support of this great initiative to encourage everyone to discover the magic that lives within the pages of a book.”

Karen Napier, c.e.o. of the Reading Agency, added: “We are delighted to be collaborating with such a wonderful range of partners for the Summer of Reading. After a hugely challenging year, we are acutely aware of the pressure on families and teachers, and the vital need to tackle the attainment gap and ensure children and young people have access to fun reading activity. Last year’s Reading Together Day showed the power in collaboration and the appetite across the country for summer reading events and resources, and we are hugely grateful to all the organisations participating this year in yet another hugely important summer initiative to share the proven power of reading.”