With 780,000 children aged 4-11 taking part, the Summer Reading Challenge is the biggest national reading initiative. It runs in libraries throughout the summer holidays, with incentives, activities and events designed to create a real buzz around children’s reading.
What’s the challenge? To read four or more library books over the summer, the number of books is rewarded by the following prizes:
4 books – a certificate to be presented at school and Story Lab fridge magnet
6 books – The Story Lab medal and wristband
7 books - The Story Lab door hanger
8 books – The Story Lab keyring and swimming voucher and entry into a prize draw for an Adventure Island wristband
Dates: 21 July – 1 September
How it works: Choose a book from the Children’s Library, read it and come back to discuss it with the Reading Challenge facilitators – times vary in each library, so call in advance to check the times.
The national Summer Reading Challenge, coordinated by The Reading Agency, is run in 97% of UK public libraries.