Be a record breaker this summer!

record breakersCome on down to your local library and explore some of the astonishing real-life achievements and world records as featured in the Guinness World Records as part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2015 this summer!


Reading Agency Summer Challenge 2015

Come and see how you measure up to the World’s tallest man, the world’s smallest horse and more!

Organised by The Reading Agency charity and the public library network, the annual Summer Reading Challenge, aimed at 4- 11 year olds and their families is simple and fun.
Children are encouraged to read six library books of their choice during the summer holidays with collectable incentives and rewards, plus a certificate, or medal for every child who completes the Challenge.
Children can sign up at their local library at the start of the summer holidays– it’s absolutely FREE!
After reading the 1st book children  can enter a competition to win fab prizes ranging from books, to vouchers donated from local businesses. When children have read 4 books they will receive a voucher for a free children’s DVD rental from Swindon Libraries. After their 6th book children may also receive a FREE entry voucher* for Beale Park (*subject to availability). We have 2000 to give away so first come first served! We’ll also do a random draw from all completers and the lucky winners will be invited to a party at The Platform!

From 1st-31st July we will waive fines for overdue books on library cards for all under 14 year olds. Beat the 11th July rush and sort out your card early!

Record Breakers brings together fact and fiction, challenging young readers to explore astonishing real-life achievements and world records.

The Challenge runs from Saturday 18th July until Sunday 6th September 2015.

Collecting stickers as they go, young readers will discover the weird, wonderful and wacky records from around the world in six different categories: Cool Tech, Way to Go!, The Big Stuff, Animal Magic, People Power and Action! Adventure!

Reading Agency Summer Challenge 2015

Reading Agency Summer Challenge 2015

Parents and carers love the challenge, not only is it free but they can see the difference the Summer Reading Challenge makes to their children’s reading. Last year, over 800,000 children took part, nearly half of them boys!

Dylan, 4 (Swindon): “I liked it and getting the stickers”

“I am so happy. My boy has received his first certificate and a medal. He learnt to communicate in English with total strangers. He gained lots of self-confidence and he insists on going to the library more”. (Parent, Swindon)

What’s more, teachers can often tell which children have taken part; research shows that children who take part in the Challenge return to school after the summer break as more fluent, confident and happy readers.Print

Faizah, 8 (Swindon): “Because of the mythical maze I visit the library more often and I now love reading books. I think this reading challenge is very good”

For busy parents, getting back into the habit of using the library as a family throughout the year can be triggered by taking part:

“As a family we always look forward to the reading challenge; so much fun!” (Parent, Swindon)
“My son is autistic and has dyslexia so reading is a challenge for him. The reading challenge encourages him to have a go and try new books.” (Parent, Swindon)

On days you can’t get to the library, there is still the Record Breakers website, with so much for children to discover and they can keep a record of their Challenge too. Children can also recommend books and decide what to read next using the Book Sorter.

And there is more! From 30/06/2015, children can play Fantastical Feats, a fun digital game designed to complement the Summer Reading Challenge.

Here are some ideas to help your child finish the Challenge.
• Visit the library as often as you can. There are all kinds of events going on, and children soon get caught up in the fun
• Read yourself! Don’t feel guilty about sitting down with a book, newspaper or magazine. It
sets a good example to kids – and they will copy you!
• Let children choose their own books. If they don’t like a book, just move on to the next one,or ask one of the library staff to recommend a read
• Children don’t just have to read stories or novels. Fact books, audio books, poetry – they all count!

Any queries about the Challenge in Swindon Libraries email:, or tel. Rhonda Dempsie, Outreach Officer on 01793 463795.

• Visit the children’s website, try the Book Sorter which helps children choose what to read next:
• APPY EVER AFTER… from June you can download the Record Breakers Summer
• Reading Challenge App at:

A very big thank you to local businesses who have donated some fab prizes for our lucky winners this summer. Including:

Beale Park – 2000 vouchers for a free child entry ticket to the Park (date specific) – only available while stocks last.

Cotswold Wildlife Park – one adult and one child admission

Jolly Roger Adventure – 6 free children’s entry vouchers

Laserquest – One free game for up to 5 players.

Kidz About: 2 vouchers for Kidz About Meal and Play offer

[All vouchers subject to individual terms and conditions]


• The attempt to set the Guinness World Records™ title for the ‘Most Pledges Received for a Reading Campaign’ will take place at libraries across the UK from 10th-13th July with a minimum of 100,000 pledges needed to set the record

The Reading Agency is the UK’s leading independent charity whose pioneering work brings the joy of reading to the widest possible audiences across the UK, in partnership with the public library service. The charity’s mission is to create and deliver innovative reading opportunities that inspire more people to read more, encourage them to share their enjoyment of reading with others and celebrate the difference that reading makes to all our lives. The Reading Agency is funded by the Arts Council.
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (GWR) is the universally recognised global authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, over 132 million copies – and 3 million e-books – have been sold in 20 languages, in more than 100 countries. Since then, the internationally renowned brand is also available across a number of platforms; GWR global television shows are watched by over 750 million viewers annually, over half a million subscribe to the GWR YouTube channel, the global website receives 14 million viewers annually and has over 7 million fans on Facebook. GWR is also a valuable IP with 97% recognition in the UK/US and provides record verification and licensing services. In 2013, OFFICIALLY AMAZING became the registered trademark of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS limited. In 2015, GWR celebrates the 60th anniversary of its first published edition and the creation of one of the world’s most successful and recognized brands.

Fantastical Feats is produced by Step into a Book, a partnership comprising SW Association of Senior Children’s & Education Librarians, the Society of Chief Librarians South West, Pavilion Dance South West and RIO in collaboration with the creative team of Second Hand Dance, Somerset Film and eMc arts. The Reading Agency is a programme supporter. The programme is financially supported by Arts Council England and 15 South West local authorities.

Pictures© Dave Warren Picture Team 2015 for The Reading Agency and with thanks to Southwark Libraries, Canada Water Library and the children from Alfred Salter Primary School

Illustrations ©Jesse Brown for The Reading Agency 2015