Summer reading challenge

Summer Reading Challenge 2019

It’s that time of the year again when libraries across the country launch their summer reading challenge for the holidays.  The challenge runs every summer and has been going now for 20 years!  The idea is to keep kids reading over the summer while they are off school as this is often when they slip back a bit due to not reading at school on a daily basis.

This years theme is Space Chase (to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing).  Children need to read 6 books over the summer to complete the challenge.  They will receive a space themed booklet to help keep track and will be rewarded with stickers each time they complete a book.  When they’ve completed the challenge they win a certificate and medal!

Library summer reading challenge 2019 booklet

The reading challenge is completely free to take part in and is running at most libraries across the country.  Just pop in to your local library to sign up and get started.  We popped in to ours today and the kids chose their first books.  Cody isn’t a keen reader so I’m hoping this will help me encourage him over the holidays.

As well as the reading challenge many libraries have workshops and events taking place linked to the Space Chase theme.  For example there are reading sessions, crafts, meet the author and even some space workshops which include handling moon rock and meteorites!  Check with your local library to see what they have to offer.

The summer reading challenge is aimed at children aged 4 -11 years old.  As well as events in the library there are activities and games online.  You can also find book recommendations, author videos and competitions.  Check out the website here:

Good luck!

N.B. I am not involved in the summer reading challenge in any way, I just think its a great thing to take part in so wanted to share 🙂

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