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The Summer Reading Challenge 2024 theme is Marvellous Makers

Developed by The Reading Agency and Create, a leading charity bringing the creative arts to those who need it most. This year’s challenge aims to fire up children’s imagination and unleash storytelling and creativity through the power of reading.


The annual Summer Reading Challenge is open to pre-school and primary school aged children and is for all reading abilities. It is free to take part.

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How to take part

  • Children sign up at their local library or Mobile library.
  • Read six library books of their choice during the holidays
  • Collect a sticker for each book read - some are scratch and sniff

When they finish they will receive a certificate and medal. Under-3s will receive a special sticker medal.

Children can sign up from Saturday 13 July 2024. From Saturday 20 July 2024, they can collect their stickers at any time that we are open.

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Summer Reading Challenge video

Watch our video for this year's Challenge to find out more.

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Many libraries hold special listening sessions when children can talk to a member of staff or a young volunteer about the books they are reading.

Ask at your local library, follow social media, pick up a copy of our Summer What’s On in Cambridgeshire Libraries brochure or visit www.Library.Live/whats-on to find out about all activities.

Summer Reading Challenge volunteers

Our Young Volunteers (12-17 years old) have an essential role to play in the Summer Reading Challenge:

  • Promoting the Summer Reading Challenge to families
  • Asking the children about the books they have read
  • Helping with library activities

Please read our SRC Volunteer role description

Interested in volunteering? Please fill out our Expression of Interest form and take it to the library where you would like to volunteer.

We will then give you forms for your parent/carer and a teacher to fill out, which you will need to return to the library.

If you are 18+ years you will need to complete a Volunteer application form which requires two references.

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