Thanks to support from the Welsh Books Council, The Reading Agency (TRA), and the Welsh Government (CyMAL division), the TRA’s Six Book Challenge materials are now available bilingually, in English and Welsh.
The Six Book Challenge is already being used by a range of organisations in Wales but the introduction of bilingual materials will widen its availability and mean that library services or organisations in predominantly Welsh-speaking communities can offer this scheme.
The Six Book Challenge invites adult literacy learners and less confident readers to read six books (e.g. from the Quick Reads series) and to record their reading in a diary in order to receive incentives, a certificate and the chance to enter a national prize draw. First launched in 2008, the annual Six Book Challenge helps to tackle the UK’s continuing skills deficit and is delivered through public libraries, colleges, workplaces and prisons.
In 2012 a total of 23,500 people across the UK registered. Ninety per cent of survey respondents in 2012 said that they were more confident about reading after taking part in the Six Book Challenge.
The main activity for the 2013 Six Book Challenge will run from January to late June, when The Reading Agency runs a range of prize draws, but organisations are welcome to use the scheme at any time in the year. In 2013 TRA are offering a top author visit for colleges, workplaces and prisons and a trip to London for the main completer prize with Kobo e-readers for three runners-up.
Find out more: TRA Six Book Challenge