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Summer Reading Challenge

posted 4 Jun 2015, 13:05 by Angie Cheshire   [ updated 4 Jun 2015, 13:06 ]

Children's reading can 'dip' during the long summer holidays. The annual Summer Reading Challenge helps gets three quarters of a million children into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence. Because everything changes when we read.

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six books during the long summer holiday.

There is a different theme each year. Children can read whatever they like - fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books - just as long as they are borrowed from the library.

Every time children finish a book they get stickers and rewards and there's a certificate for everyone who finishes.

The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all school children and is designed for all reading abilities. Schools work with local libraries and give out information to encourage children to take part, and most libraries run Summer Reading Challenge linked early years activity for pre-schoolers.

The theme for the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge is Record Breakers.

We produce super-sized materials for children who are visually impaired, or have visually impaired parents/carers. This material can also help children with learning disabilities and dyslexia. The RNIB National Library Service subsidise this super-sized material.

In Scotland the Challenge runs as Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge ScotlandWe're very grateful to Tesco Bank for our partnership with them on the programme since 2011 as part of their community programme. Their support has led to a 30% increase in participation in Scottish libraries over the last three years.


 Calling all PRIMARY SCHOOL children (pass on the info, Mums and Dads and Carers andTeachers etc) - Go for a personal best this summer! Sign up to Record Breakers, the Summer Reading Challenge 2015. On Saturday, 11th July, 2015, visit UFFCULME library and read books over the summer. This is the official attempt to set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the most pledges received for a reading campaign. It's all happening at Uffculme Library and it's totally FREE. Discover AMAZING world records as you read your way through your choice of library books, collecting stickers as you go (some are stinky!) to complete your fold-up poster.

"The Summer Reading Challenge is a wonderful initiative - what could be better than getting our children into libraries? I can't recommend it highly enough. My son has always been a listener but now he's also a reader."


"I find the Summer Reading Challenge really fun - my brother and I see it as a challenge and we work against each other to see who could read the six books the fastest."


Summer Reading Challenge facts

  • Research shows that taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge can help children keep up their reading skills during the long summer holiday
  • A record 839,622 children took part in the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge