Read to Succeed

Following a successful 2016 campaign by my Parliamentary colleague in Cambridgeshire, Steve Barclay MP, I have launched a summer reading challenge called Read to Succeed across the constituency to help improve the reading fluency of local children over the summer holidays.

The aim is to raise donations from local businesses and the wider community in order to secure a free book for each year 4 pupil in the constituency so that each child can have a new book of their own to enjoy over the summer break.



In the front of every new book donated, we will place a library token, which each child can take along to their local library and take part in the Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to read six books of their choice throughout the school summer holiday.

This year, the schools with the most children who complete the Summer Reading Challenge will be eligible to win one of the following:

· Free annual pass to Harbour Park in Littlehampton

· 10 pairs of free tickets  to the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018

· A whole class trip to the South Downs Planetarium for a special show



The books in the scheme have been specifically chosen by schools and libraries to appeal to year 4 students, which is the age that most students start to read independently for the first time.

The books selected cover a wide range of abilities and interests so all children can enjoy the magic of reading.

Donate a book and inspire a generation of readers in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton.

To donate please click here to go to the Waterstones Wishlist.

Alternatively, simply buy any of the books listed from a local bookshop and drop them at Nick’s constituency office:

2 Flansham Business Centre
Hoe Lane
Bognor Regis
West Sussex PO22 8NJ

T: 01243 587016


The books that we have included in the scheme are:

  • The Magic Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton
  • The Hodgeheg – Dick King Smith
  • Jedi Academy 1 – Jeffrey Brown
  • Gangsta Granny – David Walliams
  • Team T.Rex – Frankie’s Magic Football 14 – Frank Lampard
  • Dragons at Crumbling Castle – Terry Pratchett
  • Flying Fergus 1: The Best Birthday Bike – Chris Hoy
  • The Brilliant World of Tom Gates – Liz Pichon
  • Monster Busters – Cornelia Funke
  • Asterix the Gaul – Rene Goscinny
  • Opal Plumpstead – Jacqueline Wilson
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney
  • Born to Run – Michael Morpurgo
  • George’s Marvellous Medicine – Roald Dahl
  • How to Train your Dragon – Cressida Cowell



We are extremely grateful for the generosity shown by our donors so far:

Harbour Park

Lord March of Goodwood

Barfoots of Botley

South Downs Planetarium

Parker PPtek

Rolls Royce

Bay Tree Estates

Bognor Regis Lions Club


Read to Succeed logo


Nick Gibb hands out books for Read to Succeed Scheme

Nick Gibb visited St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and Edward Bryant Primary School in Bognor Regis to hand out books and encourage children to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge at their local public library.

Nick Gibb attends library Summer Reading Challenge reception

Nick Gibb MP attended the Summer Reading Challenge Drop-in Reception in Parliament to show his support for children’s reading and to discuss the scheme he is running in the constituency to encourage children to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge.