With our deadline approaching on Wednesday 1 May, it's time to think about submitting your entry. Submissions are now open and submitting an entry is easy – you’ve already done the hard work! Every school, library and community group that submits will receive a free party pack to help you celebrate your reading journey together. Remember, everything you’ve done to build a reading culture is relevant and we want to hear about it, in any format you choose.
Choosing a Challenge
Our challenges are flexible and depend on what type of organisation you work for.
Primary Schools have a number of challenges to choose from, and you can enter as many or as few as you like! The challenges are:
- School (or GME) Reading Journey: a description of your progress in building a reading culture no matter where you started
- School and Community Partnership Reading Journey: an account of how you have built partnerships with your local library, families or community groups
- Pupil Reading Journey: a response to a reading experience from an individual, group or class
- School Reading the Most Books: the total number of books read across your school this year, which will be averaged
- Pupil Reading the Most Books: the name of a pupil you wish to highlight and the number of books they have read this year
Secondary Schools can enter the Reading Inspiration Challenge to tell us about how they’ve built a reading culture this year to inspire their pupils to read for pleasure. You can find more details on this challenge here.
Public Libraries can enter the Library Reading Culture Challenge to share how they have inspired the children they work with to discover the magic of reading for pleasure. You can find more details on this challenge here.
Community Groups can enter the Community Reading Culture Challenge to show how they have incorporated reading for pleasure into their work to build a love of reading. You can find more details on this challenge here.
What does an entry look like?
Think about what kind of evidence you already have – there’s no need to give yourself extra work! You can be creative in your choice of format but here are some examples:
Make a Mind Map
This is a great way to show us the scope of your project at a glance. You can take a photo or scan your mind map and easily upload it as an attachment - see the photo at the top of this blog post for an example.
Film a Video
We love to see your reading culture in action and hear directly from the children you work with. We accept a range of video formats including .mov, and .mp4 files. We also have a resource, created with Into Film Scotland, has some great tips for creating a film of your reading journey.
Create a Photo Diary
Why not share the photos you’ve been taking throughout the year to illustrate your journey? You could collate them however you like - as a PowerPoint presentation, using Adobe Voice or Book Creator, or in a Word document.
Draw a Picture
This is an easy way for children of all ages and abilities to respond to their reading experience. It helps if you include a short paragraph to give us context for the drawing, either from your point of view or from the child's. You can take a photo of the drawing or scan it to upload.
Put it in Writing
A written entry to a challenge could come in many forms; maybe you’ve written a story or a series of blog posts, or applied for our Inspiring Classrooms funding. You can use what you’ve already written as part of your challenge entry, uploading it as an attachment or typing directly into the form. Look at our blog series to find written examples by groups taking part in the challenge.
How do I enter?
1. Log in to your account
2. From your dashboard, click on the 'Submit a Challenge' button.
3. Select the challenge you wish to enter and click 'Make a Submission'.
4. Once you’re ready, click 'Submit'.
If the challenge you’re looking for isn’t there, speak to your key contact who can submit on your behalf.
You can either type straight into the description box, upload attachments, or both. If any of your files are too big, you can use Dropbox and enter the link in the box provided.
You can view or edit your submission before the deadline from your dashboard, so don’t worry if you forget to add something in.
Please get in touch with us if you have any problems. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 524 0160.
We hope this blog has given you the confidence to submit an entry for this year’s Reading Challenge. Remember, it’s the little things you see and hear every day that show the progress your school, library or community group has made, so please share them with us so we can celebrate with you!