Summer Reading Challenge

Please note the Summer Reading Challenge closed on Saturday 8 September 2018.

A HUGE well done to all the children who took part in the mischief, mayhem and reading of books from everyone at Bucks Libraries. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

The Summer Reading Challenge is designed for 4 - 11 year olds. It takes place every year in all our libraries during the summer holidays.

The Reading Agency and libraries are excited to be working with Beano in their 80th anniversary year to bring you Mischief Makers, Summer Reading Challenge 2018.

Buckinghamshire Libraries are inviting children to read 6 books over the summer. Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure and ultimate mischief makers! 

Dennis, Gnasher and friends will help them solve clues and collect stickers, having lots of fun and adventures along the way! 

Discover more by using the Summer Reading Challenge website:


How to take part?

The Summer Reading Challenge will be launching on Saturday 14 July and closes on Saturday 8 September 2018.

  1. Sign up at any Buckinghamshire library with your child's library card to collect your pack
  2. Read six books of your choice (printed books, audio books or ebooks) and collect stickers and prizes along the way – all for FREE
  3. Don't forget to collect your certificate and medal at the end of summer

Please note that the Summer Reading Challenge is very popular. While we try to provide all children with a pack, we occasionally run low by the end of summer. Please register early to guarantee a pack will be available for your child. 

West Wycombe Community Library is not participating in the Summer Reading Challenge. Please collect your pack from High Wycombe Library. Thank you.

If you want to try some ebooks for the Challenge visit the eReading Room for KidsYou will need your Buckinghamshire library card and PIN to borrow eBooks or search for more children's books online.

Have fun reading this summer and good luck finding the treasure from everyone at Buckinghamshire Libraries. 



Could you spare time to help with this year's Summer Reading Challenge? 

Aged between 14 - 24? Got time to spare this summer? Volunteer to be part of the Reading Hack programme and help with the Summer Reading Challenge in Buckinghamshire libraries. Find out more and apply

During the summer we hold lots of events in our libraries. Watch out for extra special events in your local library this summer.

Find an event in libraries


Why do libraries run the Summer Reading Challenge?

Children's reading can 'dip' during the long summer holidays if they don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure. This can be a problem for schools to put right in the new term. The Reading Agency’s annual Summer Reading Challenge helps by getting three quarters of a million children into libraries over the summer. There is no other free reading activity that:

  • involves so many children,
  • introduces families to their library
  • encourages children to choose books freely and independently
  • is endorsed by parents, teachers and the Department for Education

The Summer Reading Challenge is produced by The Reading Agency delivered by libraries.

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