The Phoenix Comic ‘crashes’ the Summer Reading Challenge 2020

The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge 2020 has joined forces with The Phoenix Comic to bring more ‘silly’ fun to the nation’s most popular reading challenge. A special take-over issue of the comic featuring activities, information and illustrations from Jamie Smart, Adam Stower and official Summer Reading Challenge illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson went on sale on Friday 17th July 2020 and a FREE digital version is available on the Summer Reading Challenge website until the end of September.

Emma Braithwaite, Programme Manager of Children’s Reading at The Reading Agency says :

” We’ve always been big fans of The Phoenix at The Reading Agency, so we’re excited to team up with them for this special edition to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge. Comics are a fantastic way to engage children with reading – with their smart, funny stories and amazing illustrations, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. We want to say a huge thank you to The Phoenix for generously allowing us to host the special edition on our website, so that children taking part in the Challenge can read it for free this summer.”

Managing Director at The Phoenix Tom Fickling said :

“We are absolutely delighted to partner with The Reading Agency to help spread the word about the Summer Reading Challenge. Getting kids of all ages reading is at the absolute heart of everything The Phoenix does. At a time when the pandemic has affected physical access to schools and libraries, schemes like the Summer Reading Challenge are more important than ever. So, get to the website and get reading!”

The Phoenix magazine is designed with 7-14 year old children in mind, and is released weekly. It is incredibly popular within schools too – ours has a subscription to ThePhoenix at present -having renewed again recently, and it is incredibly popular with students during their class library sessions as they look to enjoy reading time with the resources available to them. Bold coloured comic strips and fun characters and storylines that continue from one week to another ensure that children are excited for the next instalment, and often comics are a great way to engage children with reading material – especially those that can be quite reluctant.

For subscription information go here.

For information on the Summer Reading Challenge and to sign up go here.

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