The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge 2020 has teamed up with The Phoenix comic for a special takeover issue.
The isssue–on sale from Friday 17th July–will feature activities, information and illustrations from Jamie Smart, Adam Stower and official Summer Reading Challenge illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson. A free digital edition is also being made available on the Summer Reading Challenge website from now until the end of September 2020.
Emma Braithwaite, programme manager for children's reading at The Reading Agency, said: "We've always been big fans of The Phoenix at The Reading Agency, so we're incredibly excited to team up with them for this special edition to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge. Comics are a fantastic way to engage children with reading — with their smart, funny stories and amazing illustrations, there's something for everyone to enjoy. We want to say a huge thank you to The Phoenix for generously allowing us to host the special edition on our website, so that children taking part in the challenge can read it for free this summer."
Tom Fickling, managing director of The Phoenix, said: "We are absolutely delighted to partner with The Reading Agency to help spread the word about the Summer Reading Challenge. Getting kids of all ages reading is at the absolute heart of everything The Phoenix does. At a time when the pandemic has affected physical access to schools and libraries, schemes like The Summer Reading Challenge are more important than ever."
The Phoenix is a weekly comic for boys and girls aged seven to 14 containing stories, non-fiction, drawing guides and puzzles. Every issue includes story strips from children’s writers and illustrators from around the world. It is sold on subscription and via news-stands nationwide.