This is where you will find all the information you need to know about running the Summer Reading Challenge.
Order information for Space Chase, the Summer Reading Challenge 2019, was sent to Challenge coordinators in December. The order period has now closed.
Memorandum of Understanding
We ask all participating authorities to sign up to a Memorandum of Understanding which sets out the respective roles of The Reading Agency and the local authorities for the Summer Reading Challenge. You must confirm your agreement to the Memorandum of Understanding in order to purchase materials and access the password protected online resources.
Click here to download the MOU for Space Chase, Summer Reading Challenge 2019.
Free online resources
When you purchase Summer Reading Challenge materials you gain access to our extensive range of downloadable resources to enhance the Summer Reading Challenge experience in your library - including logos, training material for staff and activity sheets for children. Resources will start to become available in mid-March and will be updated regularly, so you may wish to bookmark the page.
Please note: Access to the locked Challenge resources is managed by the Summer Reading Challenge team. If you have registered for a separate online account for use with another Reading Agency programme, you will not be able to download locked (orange) Space Chase resources using that account.
This is to ensure that only library authorities taking part in the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge and agreeing to the 2019 Memorandum of Understanding have access to these resources, using the account details provided to lead coordinators.
Volunteer/community run and managed libraries can find further information on running the Summer Reading Challenge here.
The Summer Reading Challenge will launch in Scotland on Saturday 22 June 2019.
The Challenge will launch in England and Wales on Saturday 13 July 2019.
The Reading Agency does not set an official end date for the Summer Reading Challenge.
Please ensure your local start and finish dates for the Challenge are clearly publicised.
The Space Chase book collection is available to order from your usual library suppliers. Find out more about the collection here.
Keeping in touch
To keep you up to date, we send all Summer Reading Challenge coordinators regular monthly updates.
If you are no longer the contact for the Summer Reading Challenge then please get in touch so we can keep our mailing list up to date.
If you have previously unsubscribed from our newsletters and would now like to receive coordinator updates, you will first need to rejoin the general Reading Agency contact list by completing the sign up form here, then notify us you have done so by email so we can ensure you are on the Challenge mailing list.
Summer Reading Challenge volunteering
We have also produced a range of volunteering resources including a training presentation and handbook, to support libraries recruiting Summer Reading Challenge volunteers.
For additional support in working with young people, please visit the Reading Hack Resources Bank
Evaluating the scale and impact of the Summer Reading Challenge
Participation reports for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge will be available to download shortly.
Click here to download an infographic template which can be customised to publicise local participation in the 2018 Challenge.
Several public libraries also run Reading Ahead alongside the Summer Reading Challenge to encourage families to enjoy reading together.
If you run or are considering running a children's reading club, find out more about Chatterbooks our national network of children's reading clubs.