Reading Champions Challenges: Euro 2024 Book Battle

From National Literacy Trust

Resource type: Projects, programmes and workshops

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3

Region(s): All of UK

The Reading Champions Challenges are a programme of termly challenges and competitions for pupils aged 5-14. They have been designed to support the development of reading stamina, to increase reading diversity and encourage reading for pleasure.

Each Reading Challenge is themed and comes with a set of supporting teaching resources that include:

  • Teacher guidance notes.
  • Recommended reading lists.
  • Wallcharts, templates and certificates.

Celebrate Euro 2024 with this term’s football-inspired Book Battle Reading Challenge.  Discover your class’s favourite reads and help pupils develop key oracy skills as they champion their text to ensure it wins each ‘book battle’ and progresses through the tournament all the way to the in-school final. Then sign up for the live online Book Battle Challenge Final, hosted by author Tom Palmer, at 09.30 on Friday 12 July.


  • The Euro 2024: Book Battle Challenge runs until 16th July 2024.

Cost: Free with NLT Basic Membership (also free).

About National Literacy Trust: NLT is an independent literacy charity working with schools and communities to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills to succeed in life. The charity runs literacy programmes, CPD training courses for teachers, and provides online resources and tools to its members. It also undertakes research into all aspects of literacy and campaigns to raise awareness of literacy issues.

About Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society: The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society is a not-for-profit membership organisation that ensures that its author members receive money when their work is copied or used by a third party.

Further resources:

  • Submit photos of your completed tournament wall chart for the chance to win a box of age appropriate titles. The competition is open to students aged between 4 and 14 and the closing date for entries is 16th July 2024.
  • With a summer of sport ahead of us, encourage pupils to enter Young Writers’ sport-themed poetry competition, The Poetry Games. Open to young people aged 4-18, the competition welcomes all forms of poetry and closes on 6th September 2024..
  • Tom Palmer has a range of free literacy resources to support his popular football books. He has also created a virtual version of his Football Reading Quiz that schools can watch here.
  • Get suggested booklists for all ages, as well as tips on how to use pupils’ interest in football to help Kick Off a Reading Habit from the experts at Scottish Book Trust.
  • Explore the Football and Girls’ Football booklists for primary-aged pupils from Books for Topics or bring the wider world of sport to life with their Summer of Sport booklists for KS1 and KS2.
  • LoveReading4Kids has pulled together a list of over 30 football titles for children and young people.
  • Check out the selection of books celebrating women and girls’ achievements and participation in sport from school book supplier Best Books for Schools.
  • Explore CLPE’s Summer of Sport booklist for book recommendations for pupils of all ages.
  • Topical Talk provides free resources to stimulate discussion about current affairs for KS2 and KS3 pupils. Find a selection of their sport and wellbeing resources here.
  • The Premier League Reading Stars is a free 10-week programme developed by the National Literacy Trust and the Premier League to engage reluctant and less able readers in UKS2.
  • Register on the Premier League Primary Stars website for free, football-themed literacy, PSHE and maths resources for primary schools, including a Premier League Magazine Team programme for engaging reluctant or struggling writers.
  • Explore the range of previous Reading Champion Challenges for more ideas on how to promote reading for pleasure.

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