This is where you will find all the information you need to know about running the Summer Reading Challenge.
The deadline for ordering materials for Mischief Makers, the Summer Reading Challenge 2018, has now passed.
Memorandum of Understanding
We ask all participating authorities to sign up to a Memorandum of Understanding (click to download) 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.
If you have any queries about the Memorandum of Understanding please contact us.
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.
Summer Reading Challenge coordinators can download this quick guide to accessing restricted resources to share with libraries taking part in Mischief Makers.
Please note: As per the online resources guide, 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) Mischief Makers resources using that account. This is to ensure that only library authorities taking part in the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge and agreeing to the 2018 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 Mischief Makers book collection is available to order from your usual library suppliers.
The official launch dates for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge are:
- Saturday 23 June in Scotland
- Saturday 14 July in England and Wales
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.
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.
New for 2018: we interviewed young people who volunteered last year about their experience. You can see and share the final film on the Reading Agency YouTube channel - please feel free to use it as part of your volunteer recruitment.
For additional support in working with young people, please visit the Reading Hack Resources Bank or email email@example.com
Evaluating the scale and impact of the Summer Reading Challenge
We ask all participating libraries to complete a post Challenge survey.
The participation report for 2017 is now available along with results of a family survey
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.