Summer Reading Challenge

Every year, our libraries deliver the Summer Reading Challenge for 4 to 12 year-olds - this year it launches on 20 July and ends on 21 September.

The year's theme, Marvellous Makers, has been developed in partnership with National Art's charity Create. Focused on celebrating creativity, we're encouraging children to explore new books and stories while taking part in free activities, from arts and crafts to music, dance and more!

Children can get their imaginations fired up through the power of reading and creative expression as they help the team of Marvellous Makers prepare for a fictional festival - all brought to life by celebrated artist Natelle Quek.

They’ll also be rewarded with free incentives including stickers!

The Summer Reading Challenge started in 1999 and helps keep children reading during the summer holidays while schools are closed. With their library's support, it provides a free, fun way to keep young minds active.

In 2023, the challenge reached 685,821 children and families across the UK, with most taking part through their local library. It increased new children's library memberships by 133,697 (42% higher than 2019).

Last updated 12 July 2024