The Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual event to encourage children to get into their local libraries and enjoy reading over the summer holidays. The 2013 Challenge is illustrated by award winning Chris Riddell and invites children to explore a ‘Creepy House’ and its host of characters.

© Chris Riddell, 2013

© Chris Riddell, 2013

It’s free, and open to all 4-11 years olds. To take part, children simply have join up at their local library and join in the challenge of reading six books of their choice over the summer holidays, collecting pungent smelling stickers, a collectable Creepy House poster and other incentives along the way. Library staff will be on hand to advise and run spine tingling reading activities, and the fun continues online. Children can go on the website to create a profile, chat about books, and get help on what to read next, via the digital Booksorter which also works on mobiles and tablets.

Summer Reading Challenge Champions Malorie Blackman, Frank Lampard, plus Chris Riddell, Charlie Higson, Liz Pichon, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Cressida Cowell have also contributed an exclusive story to the Summer Reading Challenge website for children to add to, in a Finish the Story, Share the Glory competition. They will appear on the website weekly from 19th June.

For the first time, The Reading Agency is mounting a Summer Reading Challenge public donations campaign, to enable more disadvantaged children to take part. For more information, visit the donations page:

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