Summer Reading Challenge

Please note the Summer Reading Challenge has now ended.

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 introduce Space Chase, Summer Reading Challenge 2019; an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

This summer children will help our super space family track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens! As they read library books, they will solve clues and collect special stickers to complete their mission folder. Can they find the aliens in time to save the day?

Discover more on the Summer Reading Challenge website:


How to take part?

The Summer Reading Challenge ended on 7 September 2019.

  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 Kids. You 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 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


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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