Michael Rosen, former Children's Laureate and supporter of the Challenge
This year is the 20th anniversary of the Summer Reading Challenge and we're taking a trip down memory lane. Each week we'll be sharing one of our twenty themes with you, and asking you to share your memories of the Challenge with us.
We've had some great entries so far, and will be sharing them on this page throughout our countdown - so stay tuned!
Why the Summer Reading Challenge matters
The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to read for pleasure in the long summer holidays to avoid the summer reading dip. We know that children who read books often at age 10 and more than once a week at age 16 gain higher results in maths, vocabulary and spelling tests at age 16 than those who read less regularly.
Every year the Challenge reaches hundreds of thousands of children, and we want to hear from people involved.
What our supporters say
"The Summer Reading Challenge is about reading for the pleasure of reading. Stories are important because they nourish us and broaden our thinking. Librarians and all those involved in the huge success of the Summer Reading Challenge know how important this is and seek to change lives one book at a time." Lauren Child, Waterstones Children's Laureate 2017 - 2019
"The Summer Reading Challenge is a wonderful initiative - what could be better than getting our children into libraries? I can't recommend it highly enough. My son has always been a listener but now he's also a reader." Maggie O'Farrell, Novelist
The Summer Reading Challenge is one of my favourite things - so full of fun and the joy of reading for pleasure. This is what libraries are all about and we need the Summer Reading Challenge more than ever." Chris Riddell OBE, Author, illustrator, cartoonist, and former UK Children's Laureate