Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Summer Reading Challenge

Here in the UK, libraries host the Summer Reading Challenge with a different theme every year. This involves children between the ages of 4 and 11 signing up at their local library to try and read six books over the summer. They receive a record sheet with stickers to add to it every time they read two books. When they complete the sheet and have read all six books they get a medal.

My children have participated in the reading scheme practically every year since they became old enough. They read plenty of books anyway, so don't need much encouragement, but they do  enjoy the recognition; the extra activities in the libraries and collecting the goodies along the way. We have various fridge magnets, mobiles and pencils from previous summers :)

This year's theme is Mythical Maze and if you pop down to your local library they are very likely to be running associated events. Participants can also keep track of their reading here.  They can create a profile, give and receive book recommendations, play games, watch author interviews and enter competitions :) And there's even a Facebook page to like.

Children can read any kind of book they want for the challenge, fiction or non-fiction, chapter book or picture book. Why not combine the Summer Reading Challenge with Picture Book Explorers? Which books would your child recommend to other young readers?
I'd love to know in the comments below ;)


  1. My children have been getting quite excited about the Library Scheme. One of them completed her six books today. Your units look really interesting. My children have loved Five in a Row but have now used most of the available books. They will like having something similar but UK based. Sounds like a beginning of term treat. Now to chose which book!

  2. Thanks for your comment :) It's so lovely to hear about children that are really keen on reading :) I hope you enjoy using Picture Book Explorers. The prices are being reviewed at the end of August, so you may want to take advantage of the current low price and buy the ones you want now. Here will be new releases every month at the new pricing rates.