Summer Reading Challenge

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

The challenge, aimed at 4 to 11 year-olds, is to read six or more library books over the summer.  Each year's challenge has a different theme.

The Summer Reading Challenge is produced by The Reading Agency and runs in libraries all over the country.   

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.

It’s fun and totally free. Find out more here.

Summer Reading Challenge 2017: Animal Agents

Illustrations ©Tony Ross for The Reading Agency

In 2017 children joined with the Animal Agents, a very special detective agency to help them crack a tricky case.  In total 9,732 children took part with 5,384 going on to read all 6 books and complete the challenge.

We celebrated their achievements at a celebration event at Mansfield Central Library.  Councillor Sue Saddington, Vice-Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, presented children who were representing their local library with a certificate.  The volunteers who supported the Summer Reading Challenge also attended and were officially thanked for their valuable contribution.

Photos: Whitefoot Photography