Reading challenges

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at 4-11 year olds, but older or younger children can also take part if you'd like them to.

It's presented by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries across the country.

Take part

To take part in the Summer Reading Challenge:

  1. Your child needs to be a library member. If they're not, see how to join the library.
  2. Your child can sign up for the challenge at any library in the borough. Find your local library.
  3. You'll get a Wild World Heroes collector's folder to keep track of your reading. Add the books your child reads over the summer to the collector's folder. They need to read at least 6 books to complete the challenge.
  4. If they complete the challenge, come back to the library with your collector's folder. Your child will get a certificate and a medal and we'll enter you into a prize draw.

If you can't get to a library, your child can take part in an online version of the challenge. How to join the challenge online.

Ideas, games, competitions and more

The Summer Reading Challenge website has fantastic reading ideas, fun games and exciting competitions. You can also keep up to date with all the latest Summer Reading Challenge news.

For even more fun, including videos, events and activities to inspire a love of reading, view the Summer of Reading programme. The Summer of Reading has been launched by The Reading Agency. Check out their weekly schedule of events for extra family fun over the summer.

What to read for the challenge

Your child can read anything they'd like - all books count towards the goal. This includes comics, poems, audiobooks and picture books. You don't need to buy new books for the challenge either. You can borrow from the library or even re-read a book.

You may like to:

Events and activities

Summer Reading Challenge events and activities will take place throughout the summer holidays.

You can find out about these events on: