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.

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.

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

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

TEACHERS: We have a number of Summer Reading Challenge resources here 

Summer Reading Challenge 2017


This year children join with the Animal Agents, a very special detective agency run by a whole host of clever creatures, to help them crack a tricky case.  

Animal Agents will be must for all eagle-eyed young readers, putting their skills and ingenuity to the test… Read the books, catch the crook!

Keep your eyes peeled!  The Animal Agents will be sleuthing into libraries this summer.


Illustrations ©Tony Ross for The Reading Agency