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Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest free reading for pleasure programme for children. Taking place annually, the Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to keep reading during the summer holidays.

Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays if they don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure. The Summer Reading Challenge helps by regularly reaching over 700,000 children each year, motivating them to visit their local library and keep reading during the holidays, and in turn helping them to maintain their reading skills and confidence.

Introducing ‘Gadgeteers’

For this year’s Challenge, The Reading Agency has partnered with the Science Museum Group to create ‘Gadgeteers’, inspiring children to use their curiosity and creativity to discover the science behind the everyday, and celebrate the role of the imagination in both reading and the sciences.

The Gadgeteers are planning an EPIC summer party! Through reading books and collecting rewards, Challenge participants will help the Gadgeteers use their special skills to get everything ready.

With exclusive incentives to collect and plenty of brilliant books to enjoy, the Challenge is the perfect summer activity to build young readers’ skills and confidence during the long break from school. The Challenge is available in all libraries across

Worcestershire this summer. Children can also take part online through the official digital Challenge platform summerreadingchallenge.org.uk. 

Sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge!

The ‘Gadgeteers’ Summer Reading Challenge launches on 9 July and runs until September. Our library staff are on hand throughout the summer to help with book selection, provide encouragement and host events for children based on the Science theme.

Visit your local library page to find out what’s happening and when.

Here’s how to take part!

  1. Visit your local Worcestershire library and sign up to the Challenge for free. Participants receive a Gadgeteers pack when registering.
  2. Set a personal reading goal for the summer (we recommend six books).
  3. Borrow and read books, eBooks and audiobooks of your choice. Library staff are on hand to help with your selection!
  4. Come back to the library and tell us what you’ve been reading! Collect special incentives from the library each time you finish a book.
  5. Receive a certificate and/or medal for taking part, or for reaching your Challenge goal.

At the heart of the Summer Reading Challenge is children choosing and sharing books of their choice, in any format. Novels, fact books, picture books, graphic novels, joke books, eBooks and audiobooks all count towards completing the Challenge and can be accessed for FREE from Worcestershire libraries!

Find out all you need to know about library membership and access our digital library!

Please note: Worcestershire libraries advise parental supervision when Junior library members access the digital library to download ebooks and eaudio. All library members have access to all content. It is the responsibility of parents and carers to ensure that any content downloaded for use by children is appropriate for the age of their child.

Find out more information about The Reading agency go to the Reading Agency website (opens in a new window).

Information for Schools 

The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all primary school-aged children. By introducing the Summer Reading Challenge in your classroom, you can help us engage children in the Challenge ahead of the summer holidays. There are lots of ways to get involved!

The Summer Reading Challenge can: 

  • Help to prevent the summer reading ‘dip’ for pupils 
  • Ensure your pupils are ready for their return to school in the autumn 
  • Support the transition between year groups and key stages 
  • Improve language skills, especially for those for whom English is a second language

To help you engage your pupils around reading and the Challenge, there are lots of free resources available on the website: Summer Reading Challenge