Reading Champions Challenges

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 reading challenges and competitions for KS1, KS2 and KS3. 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, suggested booklists, templates and certificates.

The theme for this autumn’s Challenge is Picture This! and encourages readers aged 4-14 to develop their critical literacy skills by taking a closer look at picture books.


  • The Challenge launches on 19th September 2023.
  • Submit your entry for the Picture This! competition by Friday 3rd November for the chance to win a box of age appropriate pictures books for your class or school library.

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:

  • The Reading Challenges can be run at any time of the year and can also be repeated year after year. Explore the range of previous challenges for more ideas on how to promote reading for pleasure.
  • Looking for more high-quality picture books for your library? Take a look at the shortlist for this year’s Klaus Flugge Prize and the accompanying teaching notes from CLPE.
  • Find out more about the important role that picture books play in young people’s reading development with The Power of Pictures project.
  • ‘Step Inside Your Story’ is a creative literacy project running this autumn term aimed at celebrating diversity and representation. It invites primary-aged pupils to become the stars of their own stories by creating a book about themselves.

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