Summer Reading Challenge

In Inspire libraries from Saturday 9 July - Sunday 4 September

The Summer Reading Challenge is back in Inspire libraries this summer!  This year's challenge has been developed in partnership with The Science Museum Group, the world’s leading alliance of science museums.  The challenge features the Gadgeteers – six fictional young innovators who, using creative thinking and teamwork, plan a party for their town’s summer fair celebration.  Gadgeteers will be a celebration of reading, science and imagination.

Introducing Summer Reading Challenge 2022

The challenge, aimed at children aged 4 to 11 years, is to read six or more library books over the summer. Watch our YouTube video below to see librarian Chris explain how it works in our libraries

Summer Reading Challenge video trailer

How to take part in the library

Smiling, dark haired female, holds up 3 illustrated Gadgeteers collector posters

The Gadgeteers collector poster.

  • Children sign up at the library to start their Challenge, collecting the Gadgeteers collector poster. 
  • Borrow books and get reading!  Children choose the books they want to read, recording what they have read in their poster.  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 (some are smelly!) along with other rewards.  They will also discover the inventive ways the Gadgeteers are getting reading for their summer party.
  • 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.

Mini Challenge 2022:  A bite sized version of the Summer Reading Challenge for children aged 3 and under.  Find our more here.

How to take part online

Children can also take part online for digital rewards

  • Sign up for a website profile direct at (children will be asked to provide a parent/carer email address to approve signup)
  • Set a personal reading goal for the summer
  • Record the books read onto an online profile and leave a review to unlock digital badges and online rewards.
  • Children will unlock a certificate to download once they reach their goal

There are lots of ebooks and audio books you can borrow from the library online to help complete the online challenge.

For more information on the online challenge visit the help page at

Summer Reading Challenge Online: Guide

A detailed, step by step guide to signing up to the Summer Reading Challenge online from The Reading Agency

What to read on the Summer Reading Challenge

Children can read any books they like on the Summer Reading Challenge; stories, fact books, poetry, jokes, graphic novels. 

Browse the official Gadgeteers book collection below or visit our children's book recommendations page for more inspiration. 

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.   In libraries, there are stickers and other rewards for every book read and children who complete the challenge receive a medal and a certificate.   Children taking part online earn digital badges and other online rewards with  a certificate to download at the end of the challenge.

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

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