Wednesday, 25 July 2012

The Reading Chest Summer Book Review Challenge

With the summer holidays upon us, are you looking for ways to inspire your four to nine year olds to keep on reading right through to September?

Reading Chest, the UK’s only through-the-post rental service, is running a free-to-enter competition for children to write and post online their reviews of all the popular reading scheme books, most of which are used in primary schools across the UK.

Every child who writes 3 or more reviews on the Reading Chest website will receive an exclusive Reading Chest certificate and pencil, and the very best reviews in each age category (4-5 years, 6-7 years and over 8s) as judged by Children’s author and poet John Foster, will receive 6 months free membership to Reading Chest and a signed copy of one of John Foster’s books.

Liz Walker, Director of Reading Chest commented, “I’m always looking for ways to inspire my own kids to keep on reading, even when on holiday, and I hope this will give all parents a helpful incentive. Just six weeks without regular reading practice can see some children slip back a couple of reading levels by the time they return to school for the autumn term, which can be so frustrating for both the child and their parents, after all the hard work they’ve put in during term time,” she concluded.

The well known children’s author & poet, John Foster is passionate about encouraging literacy skills in younger children. “I am delighted to have been invited to judge the Reading Chest Summer Book Review Challenge, as it gives children the opportunity not only to read widely during the summer holidays but also challenges them to think about the books they have read and to express their views in writing,” Foster commented.

To enter the competition, all you need to do is log on to and click on the ‘Books and Reviews’ page to write your first review. Children may already be familiar with some of Reading Chest’s books from school or local libraries.

Reading Chest specialises in reading schemes used in primary schools across the UK and works in a similar way to DVD rental services. For a monthly membership fee starting at £9.95, books tailored to your child’s individual requirements will be delivered direct to your door, complete with a pre-paid return envelope.

Also, Reading Chest are running a summer promotion, offering new members £5 off their first month’s subscription to Reading Chest. Simply use the discount code SUMMER2012 when signing up at

1 comment:

Linn B Halton said...

Great initiative Kim! Will spread the word....