Summer Reading Challenge

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

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.  

2020 was the 21st year of the Summer Reading 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

Summer Reading Challenge 2020: Silly Squad

Illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020

Silly Squad was a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter and featured a hilarious fun packed adventure featuring a lovable bunch of animals running a fantastic fun house.  Due to the global challenges of 2020, Silly Squad launched in an all digital format.  At Inspire we supported this new digital format with a huge array of digital events.

These included:

  • Our share a joke competition

  • Three video workshops with cartoonist Marc Jackson showing you how to turn a joke into a comic.

  • 6 weeks of silly Summer Challenges

  • A Dirty Bertie Writing challenge with author Alan MacDonald

  • The Online Adventures of Walter Lemonface and much much more.

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 will head back into all our libraries in July 2021

"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

A selection of Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge activities.