The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays, with a different theme each year. Although the challenge is aimed at children aged 4-11, younger children are also welcome to take part.
This year, due to the exceptional circumstances, The Reading Agency is running the challenge as a digital activity. It will be extended either side of the main school holidays to keep children reading and entertained.
Launched on 5 June, ‘Silly Squad’, features an adventurous team of animals and celebrates all kinds of funny books. Children can keep track of the books they are reading and collect rewards along the way. There are book recommendations, as well as super silly activities, quizzes, videos and games for children and their families to enjoy. And it’s all FREE for children to take part.
Library staff are creating special craft activities for you to do at home, available on the Cambridgeshire Libraries Facebook page throughout the summer. Any updates to our Summer Reading Challenge offer will be detailed here, as well as posted on social media.
Do make the most of the wide range of online resources we have for children, including e-books, e-audio, as well as comics and magazines.
Children’s eBooks to read
The list below contains books which are guaranteed to be available all summer.
Children’s eAudio books to listen to
We have three great collections of e-audio books for children for a wide range of stories.
These books in the document below are available to listen to and guaranteed available all summer.
- eMagazines to read
- Comics - newly added editions available
- Magazines and newspapers for kids and tweens, including foreign language publications
We are also launching #CambsKidsListenIn, with 4 titles which will be available to 500 or 1,000 customers at the same time on BorrowBox:
Summer Reading Challenge statistics
The annual Summer Reading Challenge helps nearly three quarters of a million children across the country each year to keep up their reading skills and confidence. Last year over 720,000 children took part in the challenge.