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Winter Reading Challenge

The Winter Mini Challenge encourages children to keep reading through the winter holidays by rewarding them for reading and reviewing books.

To take part in the Winter Mini Challenge online, children simply read any books (including eBooks and audiobooks) of their choice (we recommend reading at least three) then rate and review them at

The dates of the Challenge are Tuesday 1st December to Friday 15th January.

Books added to the website during the six-week Mini Challenge period will count towards unlocking  special badges online including a certificate and a virtual badge. The website will also feature activities, recommendations for great winter reads and competitions. It will also feature the Book Sorter – a unique database which has over 1.3 million peer-to-peer recommendations.

The theme of the Challenge this year is Everyone Is A Hero developed by the Reading Agency in partnership with Knights Of children’s publishers.

The aim is to champion a diversity of perspectives across children’s books and encourage everyone to nominate their own personal reading heroes on social media – whether it’s a librarian, a teacher, a family member, a carer or a friend. You can post a picture, share a story about them, or even record a video about them (with their permission). When you post, please tag the Reading Agency in the post and use the hashtags #WMC2020 and #ReadingHero. At the end of the Challenge all entries will be put into a prize draw and the Winning Hero will receive the Winter Mini Challenge booklist bundle!