School's out for Summer!

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to visit the library and borrow at least six books throughout the summer holidays.

Children's reading can 'dip' during the long summer break if they don't have regular access to books. In an effort to tackle this, the Summer Reading Challenge helps get three-quarters of a million children across the country into libraries to keep up their reading skills, confidence and enthusiasm.

Themes and Incentives

Each year follows a different theme but children can read whatever they like - novels, non-fiction, joke books, picture books, audiobooks - just as long as they are borrowed from the library. We also have a range of dyslexia-friendly books and materials.

Every time a child finishes a book, they receive stickers and rewards and everyone who completes the challenge will be awarded a certificate. The Reading Agency can produce Braille certificates for children who are visually impaired.

We also work with local businesses to provide free activities for children taking part in the challenge.

Get Involved

Head to your local library during the summer holidays and sign up for FREE! 

It's completely free and anybody can take part!

The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all school children and is designed for all reading abilities.  Towards the end of June each year, our local Primary Schools work with us to give out information and invitations to encourage children to take part.

But don't worry, preschool children are also encouraged to take part in the 'mini-challenge'.


Last updated: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 2:52 PM