Read to Succeed

Following a successful 2016 campaign by my Parliamentary colleague in Cambridgeshire, Steve Barclay MP, I launched a summer reading challenge called Read to Succeed in 2017 across the constituency to help improve the reading fluency of local children over the summer holidays.

The aim was 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 could have a new book of their own to enjoy over the summer break.



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

The schools with the most children who completed the Summer Reading Challenge were 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 that were included in the scheme were:

  • 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:

Harbour Park

Lord March of Goodwood

Barfoots of Botley

South Downs Planetarium

Parker PPtek

Rolls Royce

Bay Tree Estates

Bognor Regis Lions Club


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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.