The Summer Reading Challenge
The Summer Reading Challenge is designed for children between the ages of 4 and 11. Last year over three quarters of a million children took part.
This year's Summer Reading Challenge is Animal Agents, illustrated by the UK's best-selling children's illustrator Tony Ross. For 2017, there's something peculiar happening at the local library - and that's where the Animal Agents come in! It's a detective agency staffed by all kinds of clever animals - furry, scaly and slippery - and these guys are out to crack the case with a little help from their friends.
As children read library books on the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive a host of stickers, some with mysterious smells. By collecting the stickers on their collector folder, young readers will help the Animal Agents find out what's really been going on behind the scenes! Animal Agents is a must for all eagle-eyed kids and will test their skills and ingenuity along the way. But with the Agents on their side, solving these mysteries comes with a large helping of fun!
Tony Ross is the author and illustrator of the Little Princess series. As well as illustrating books for the UK's best-selling children's author David Walliams, he's also worked with Francesca Simon on her hugely popular Horrid Henry series, and provided the illustrations for many much-loved picture books by Jeanne Willis, including the award-winning Dr Xargle series.
How does the Summer Reading Challenge work?
How do schools benefit?
By getting involved in the Summer Reading Challenge, your school can:
- Enhance and support its reading initiatives and involve parents and the wider community.
- Celebrate the joy of reading whist ensuring all children are able to read well by the age of 11 - see The Power of Reading Report
- Continue to support pupils' learning during the holidays
- Help to prevent the trend for children's reading skills to dip over the holidays. (UKLA Impact Research Report - full report see the summary).
- Ensure your pupils return in the autumn term ready for a great start to the new academic year
How do schools get involved?
Download our schools' pack and use it to promote the Summer Reading Challenge in your school.
- Invite your local library staff into school to talk about the Summer Reading Challenge. Many will deliver the special assembly PowerPoint for you.
- Inspire your pupils to participate, using our children's website, posters and activity sheets.
- Inform parents and support those who might find it harder to take part or engage with library services, using our family leaflets.
- Celebrate the achievements of pupils who participate in the Challenge.
It's free, local and inclusive
- The Summer Reading Challenge is inclusive of all children and families and all stages of reading development.
- Children read six or more books of their choice: fiction, non-fiction, joke books, picture books; any books they like as long as they are borrowed from the library.
- There is also a mini-challenge for pre-school children so that the whole family can take part.
- Family information leaflets are available in a range of community languages and many items are available in large print.
- Libraries stock accessible texts, audio books, dual - language books, picture books and graphic novels.
Teachers can download our schools' pack
We are very keen to hear from schools about ways in which we might develop the Summer Reading Challenge in the future and how we might promote it to families and children. Help shape future Challenges by completing our short survey by Friday 26 May 2017, using this link: Summer Reading Challenge Schools survey
Parents and supporters of the Summer Reading Challenge can get more information and news about the Challenge and our children's work on our Facebook page.
Children can chat, get reading recommendations and enter competitions on our Summer Reading Challenge website
If you would like more information about the Summer Reading Challenge please get in touch.
We also co-ordinate a national network of reading groups for children called Chatterbooks.
These run throughout the year and are mostly based in local libraries and schools.
Find out more about the resources and training available for you to set up your own children's reading group.
If you would like more information about Chatterbooks please contact Kathleen Ktorides