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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."



Terms and Conditions

Prizes: 3 x winners will win a £50/€60 National Book Tokens gift card / 3 x runners-up will each receive a £15/€15 National Book Tokens gift card

By entering this competition, entrants agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions:

  • Closing date is 11:59pm on 28th February 2019.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  • The winners and runners-up will be selected within 7 working days after the end of the competition by a panel of judges from National Book Tokens and at least one independent judge.
  • We will contact winners by email. In the event of a winner not responding after 5 days, we reserve the right to allocate the prize to another winner.
  • The prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives. The Promoter reserves the right to amend the specification of the prize or offer an alternative prize.
  • The competition is open to UK and Republic of Ireland residents except employees of the Booksellers Association and Book Tokens Ltd. and employees of participating bookshops.
  • Entrants under the age of 16 years must get permission from their parent or guardian to enter the competition on their behalf. Entries received without the appropriate permission will not be included.
  • Entrants agree to Book Tokens Ltd. using their details in post-competition publicity. Your details will not be used for any other purpose, or passed onto any third parties, unless specified.
  • The promoters’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
  • The promoter reserves the right to withdraw the competition at any time, with no prior notice.
  • Book Tokens Ltd. will only use your email address and other personal information in compliance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 and in accordance with our privacy policy.
  • Promoter: Book Tokens Ltd, 6 Bell Yard, London, WC2A 2JR.

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