Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place during the school holidays every summer at a library near you.

Introducing Summer Reading Challenge 2021.  
Get ready to be a Wild World Hero.

The Summer Reading Challenge will be back in libraries this summer! Developed in partnership with WWF, the world's leading independent conservation organisation.   Wild World Heroes will be a celebration of reading, nature and action for the environment.    

Six cartoon illustrations of Wild World Hero characters smiling surrounding the Summer Reading Challenge logo with WWF logo

About the Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge is produced by The Reading Agency and runs in libraries all over the country.   The challenge, aimed at children aged 4 to 11 years, is to read six or more library books over the summer.   There are stickers and other reward for every book read.  Children who complete the challenge receive a medal and a certificate. 

Children who take part:

  • are more enthusiastic about reading
  • maintain their reading level over the holidays
  • return to schools keen and ready to learn
  • boost their confidence and self-esteem.

To find out more click here

How the Summer Reading Challenge  works

  • Children sign up at the library to start their Challenge.
  • Borrow books from the library  - Children choose the books they want to read on their Challenge, recording what they have read in their folder.  Library staff and volunteers are on hand to chat to children about books they have read.
  • For every book read, children will pick up stickers along with other rewards as they progress through the Challenge.  
  • Every child who completes the challenge, by reading 6 library books, receives a medal and certificate.

It’s all free, fun and a great way to keep children reading over the summer holidays.  

"The Summer Reading Challenge is an excellent idea.  It has really helped encourage my two to read, I have never seen them so excited about books.  I certainly will encourage them to take part every year and to continue to use the library in the mean time."

Parent comment, 2019

"We really enjoy the challenge - it gives a real focus over the Summer to keep reading on a regular basis."

Parent comment, 2019