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The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. Children can sign up at their local library, then read six library books of their choice to complete the Challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it’s FREE to take part!

This year’s theme is ‘Mischief Makers’, in partnership with The Beano. Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure and become an ultimate mischief maker! Dennis and Gnasher will help them solve clues and collect stickers. There is a medal and certificate for all children who read 6 books to complete the challenge.

Photo of three children

Details of supporting library events are in our summer events brochure or visit Cambridgeshire.net

The Summer Reading Challenge is open to pre-school and primary school aged children and is designed for all reading abilities. 

This summer Encyclopædia Britannica UK have created a special collection of resources to support children taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge. This contains fun articles, images and videos all linked in some way to this year's theme of Mischief Makers. Topics range from Peter Pan, Robin Hood, Pirates, Ghosts as well as Dennis himself!

Children can also take part in a writing competition and a Mischief Quiz. 

You can access the Britannica resources in any Cambridgeshire Library or by logging in at home with your library card number

Children aged 10+ may like to take part in our challenge for young people ‘Imagination’, either in addition to, or instead of, ‘Mischief Makers’.

Children will be able to sign up for both challenges from Saturday 14th July.

Imagination Reading Challenge for young people

Turning Reading on its Head!

The ImagiNATION Reading Challenge has been designed especially for 10-18 year olds, to encourage them to create an ‘artistic reaction’ to the books they read.

Just sign up at your local library, read two books over the summer holidays, then record your reaction/thoughts about those books, using the special ImagiNATION Book Bands, either as a written review or a piece of artwork.

Imagination Reading Challenge logo

You can share your artwork/review in two ways:

  • ‘Physically’, by wrapping the Book Bands you’ve created around the books and adding them to the Book Display in your local library.
  • Digitally, by photographing/scanning your Book Bands, or by creating a new piece of Digital Art, and uploading them to the ImagiNation blog: Imaginationeast.org.uk

Once you have completed the ImagiNATION Challenge you will be automatically entered into our Prize Draw!

Look out for more information in your local library and start turning reading on its head!

ImaginATION is a partnership project between the libraries in the East of England, supported by funding from Arts Council England.

We also have lots of opportunities for young people aged 12+ to volunteer to help with the challenge. From helping host events and activities to registering readers and listening to the children talk about the books they have read. Ask at your local library for details of how to sign up as a volunteer.  The documents you need are below. 

This year we are also offering young people aged 13-24 the opportunity to become a Reading Hack and develop their volunteering experience .

Volunteer role description

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Volunteer application form

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Expression of interest

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Summer Reading Challenge statistics

The annual Summer Reading Challenge helps get three quarters of a million children across the country into libraries each year to keep up their reading skills and confidence. Last year over 102,500 children took part across the East of England. 

Summer Reading Challenge infographic

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