Summer Reading Challenge

​LibraryPlus and The Reading Agency are celebrating 100 years of the world’s favourite storyteller - Roald Dahl.

From Saturday 16th July to Saturday 10th September, we invite all 4 to 12 year olds to join the celebration with The Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge 2016!

Summer Reading Challenge

How does it work?

Children can sign up to the Big Friendly Read in their local library any time from 16th July and collect their free collector folder. The challenge is to read six library books over the summer and collect special collector cards along the way. When six books have been read they earn a finishers certificate and medal. It’s fun, it’s friendly and best of all, it’s FREE.

Free activities

All libraries are running a series of free events and activities for children this summer alongside the Summer Reading Challenge. Visit your local library for more information, or check the events calendar for times and dates. Our events are popular so booking will be essential - contact your local library for details.

Find an event

How do I join in?

Just pop along to your local library from the 16th July and sign up! If you don’t have a library card you can become a member on the day or anytime before. You don’t need to bring any identification, but under 16’s will need their parent’s permission.

Once you have a library card you can start borrowing straight away and access a wonderful world of books and audio books, as well as our free e-resources such as e-books, e-comics and e-magazines.

Find your nearest library

Volunteering

Aged 14 to 17? Why not spend some time this summer volunteering at your local library to help out with the Summer Reading Challenge?

It’s a great chance to meet new people, gain experience in working with children and it looks great on your CV or UCAS form! All of our Summer Reading Challenge volunteers also get a free goody bag and are guaranteed a fantastic volunteering experience.

Ask at your local library for more information or visit our Get Involved Hub for more details and to apply:

How to apply

What else can I do?

Why join in?

Studies have shown that children’s reading can ‘dip’ through the long summer holidays if they don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure. The annual Summer Reading Challenge aims to get children reading for enjoyment and promote the use of the fabulous resource that is their local library.


The Reading Agency

The Summer Reading Challenge is produced annually by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries.
Photos © Dale Cherry 2016 for The Reading Agency. With thanks to Crawley Library, West Sussex County Council

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