Summer Reading Challenge


is now finished for this year

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. This can be a problem for schools to put right in the new term, and The Reading Agency’s annual Summer Reading Challenge really helps by getting three quarters of a million children into libraries over the summer. There is no other free reading activity that involves so many children, introduces families to their library, encourages children to choose books freely and independently and is endorsed by parents, teachers and the Department of Education.

The Summer Reading Challenge is primarily aimed at 4-11 year olds and is simple and fun!  Children sign up at their local library, and then read (or listen to) six library books to gain a medal and certificate, collecting stickers along the way – all for FREE!

The theme for the 2017 Summer Reading Chjallenge was Animal Agents, illustrated by the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator Tony Ross.


We’re sorry you missed out on this year’s challenge but keep checking us out for new information on The Summer Reading Challenge 2018!!

You can still visit the Summer Reading Challenge website for all year round fun!

For recommendations for books during this year’s challenge follow the links:



The Reading Agency is an independent charity with a mission to give everyone an equal chance in life by helping people become confident and enthusiastic readers. It is funded by the Arts Council, and has a formal partnership with public library services.