Summer Reading Challenge

Books and reading for children and young people

The 2017 Summer Reading Challenge has now finished.

3573 children took part in this year's challenge called Animal Agents, with almost 2000 adults and children attending the supporting programme of animal themed family events.

The Summer Reading Challenge will be back in 2018 with a new theme called Mischief Makers.  This will focus on mischief and pranks inspired by and celebrating the 80th anniversary of the much-loved iconic children’s comic title Beano

What is the Summer Reading Challenge?

  • The Summer Reading Challenge takes place during the school holidays every summer at a library near you.
  • The challenge, aimed at four to 11 year olds, is to read six books of their own choice during the summer holidays.
  • It's free to take part

How does the Challenge help my child?

  • Research shows that reading for pleasure is one of the most important contributory factors in children’s learning success. 
  • The Challenge encourages children to read during the long summer break when their reading skills can decline without the regular reading activity at school.
  • Taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge helps to sustain children’s enthusiasm for reading and prevent the 'summer holiday dip'
  • The combination of creativity, fun activities and reading choice can have a real impact on children’s reading ability, range and motivation, boosting their confidence and leading to a more positive attitude towards learning.
  • Children who enjoy reading are more likely to score highly on reading assessments than those who don't; and those who use libraries are twice as likely to be above average readers