Libraries set for Summer Reading Challenge

2024 challenge gives youngsters fun reading challenge

child reading in a library

Children aged between 4 and 11 are being urged to get creative this summer for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge 2024.

The free challenge is held every year across the country and is available in both Leicestershire County Council’s libraries and community-managed libraries, encouraging children to read books and collect rewards in the process.

Running from Saturday 6 July to Saturday 7 September, this year’s theme is ‘Marvellous Makers,’ aimed at sparking children’s imaginations. 

The Summer Reading Challenge motivates children to read whatever makes them happy, including library books, eBooks and eAudiobooks or having a story read to them – and to have fun while they do it.

For reading six books and visiting a library three times children will receive a certificate and a unique wooden medal for completing the challenge.

Young people taking part can set their own reading targets and collect rewards as they work their way through their chosen books over the summer holidays. Anyone unable to visit a library can take part in the digital challenge online. 

Last year more than 250,000 children’s books and over 13,000 ebooks/audiobooks were issued as part of the challenge.

Franne Wills, Head of Communities and Wellbeing at Leicestershire County Council, said: “Each year the Summer Reading Challenge plays a significant role in encouraging young children to read for pleasure. 

“During the summer holidays it’s easy for a child’s reading and development to pause as they are not following their usual routine of being in school every day. 

“The challenge helps children to keep up with reading which is central to building range of key life skills and aids positive mental health. There are also lots of fun challenges and activities to get involved with and the rewards are great.”

A range of events will be held at Libraries across the county during the challenge and local libraries will have full details of the events as well as the libraries Facebook page.

Children taking part in the challenge can also receive free entry to Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, as well as the 1620’s House and Garden at Donington le Heath. 

Children can sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge at any time throughout the summer at any Leicestershire library. Find out more on the Summer Reading Challenge website, and on our dedicated webpage.

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