Calling all volunteer bookworms, homework helpers and reading hackers...
Do you get a kick out of helping others discover the joys of reading?
Are you on a mission to bring books to the lives of people in your community?
Tell us how you’ve helped someone else start or continue their reading adventure over the last year, and you could win a £50/€60 National Book Token to spend on lovely books! Three overall winners will be picked for the main prize, while three runners-up will each win a £15/€15 National Book Token.
This competition is now closed, and winners will be contacted shortly.
Meet our previous winners
The previous winners of this competition have set the bar high for future entrants. Find out how they've been sharing their passion for reading in the wider community - and share your story below for a chance to win!
Winner: Emily M from Suffolk (16)
We picked Emily as our first overall winner in June 2018 after reading about her amazing dedication to the Summer Reading Challenge, not to mention the Young Adult book club that she started in her local area earlier this year, giving other local teens "a space to discuss themes that they can relate to". Emily says:
"Since I was 13, I've been volunteering at my local library every summer for the Summer Reading Challenge. I have been part of the challenge since it began, first as a participant and then as a volunteer as soon as I was old enough. This summer will mark the fourth challenge I have volunteered in and I love it, as I get to encourage children to read and enjoy reading. I've also been invited onto the Suffolk Libraries (Booked Out) podcast twice and I write regular YA reviews for the Suffolk Libraries website. I am passionate about getting more young people to read and want to participate in events that can support this idea."
Find out more about the books Emily's been reading at her blog, A Short Book Lover.
Runner-up: Jayden W from Bedford (16)
Another Summer Reading Challenge volunteer, having devoted more than 30 hours to the campaign in 2017, Jayden impressed us with his energy and passion for reading. He said:
"Chatting to kids about books and reading was incredible, seeing them so passionate about books! Reading is so important for development and imagination and without books we would be lost! With the rise in technology it's important to remain focused on books."
Runner-up: Rawdon J from Cheshire (10)
We were impressed to hear about Rawdon's clear love for books, and most importantly, the way he shares that love with those around him. His mum, Francesca, said:
"Rawdon helps his siblings to read and encourages them to look about our local library and take out new books. When he buys a book, once read he passes it to his siblings or donates it to the school library."