The Take 10 Challenge encourages people to read for just 10 minutes a day to improve their wellbeing and support their literacy. First developed by Read Manchester, Take 10 now inspires children, families, and organisations nationally as part of the National Literacy Trust's Connecting Stories campaign.

To inspire people to take up and continue the challenge, the National Literacy Trust hold national Take 10 moments where thousands of people across the UK drop everything and read together for 10 minutes.

On Friday 8 October, 165,000 children and adults in schools, communities and businesses across the UK took part in our #Take10ToRead Challenge as part of our Connecting Stories initiative with Arts Council England, proudly supported by Wesleyan.

Across the country, children and adults stopped what they were doing, picked up books, comics, magazines, or newspapers and read for 10 minutes to support their wellbeing ahead of World Mental Health Day.

School children nationwide were invited to a digital events with authors promoting their positive experiences of supporting wellbeing through reading and writing. Primary school students met award-winning author Tom Percival, who give pupils a sneak peek of his brand new book Silas and the Marvellous Misfits, and secondary school students watched acclaimed novelist Louisa Reid, discussing her book Gloves Off.

Schools, authors, publishers, and businesses shared images on social media with the hashtag #Take10ToRead inspiring their communities to get reading every day.

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