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Library Summer Reading Challenge

Library Summer Reading Challenge!

The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest free reading for pleasure programme for children. The Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to keep reading during the summer holidays. All you have to do is become a member of your local library to loan books during the summer holidays or join the challenge online!


This year's theme is Gadgeteers! Each year, the Summer Reading Challenge has a new theme. This year, they’ve teamed up with the Science Museum Group to create ‘Gadgeteers’, a Challenge that’s all about science and innovation! The ‘Gadgeteers’ materials feature six brand-new fictional characters. The Challenge will invite children to join these characters in using their curiosity and imagination to understand the science behind a whole range of interests, from fashion and technology to cooking and music


How can children take part in the Challenge? 

The Summer Reading Challenge is a flexible programme that is designed for all levels of ability. 


At the library

1. A child will visit their local library and sign up to the Challenge for free. They receive their Gadgeteers core pack poster. 2. They set a personal reading goal for the summer (we recommend six books). 

3. Borrow and read books, eBooks and audiobooks of their choice. They can read anything they like: fiction, fact books, poetry, joke books, picture books, graphic novels, audiobooks… 

4. Collect special incentives from the library each time they finish a book.

5. Receive a certificate and/or medal for taking part, or for reaching their Challenge goal. 


In addition, libraries offer a wide variety of events and activities for families to enjoy throughout the summer (see the attached poster below for events at Wickersley Library during the summer).



Alternatively, children can participate in the Challenge online. 

1. Sign up at 

2. Set a personal reading goal for the summer. Receive book recommendations and tips for accessing books for free at home. 

3. Each time they finish a book, the child adds it to their online profile and leaves a review. They unlock digital badges and online rewards along the way. 

4. Unlock a certificate for reaching their Challenge goal. Children can also play games, enter competitions, share book recommendations and more on our free, safe, moderated platform. 


The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all primary school-aged children. The 2022 Challenge launched on Saturday 9th July in England and Wales. 


Please take part this summer with your children to encourage them to continue their reading journey, even when school isn't open!