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Summer Reading Challenge

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The annual Summer Reading Challenge for four to 11 year olds is produced by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries. Normally the challenge would run in Wiltshire libraries for eight weeks from mid July to early September, unfortunately this year we are unable to do this due to uncertainty around library openings and the services we can safely offer to the public. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause.

We are pleased to say, however, that The Reading Agency is running this year's Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge as a digital challenge from June until September. 

The digital challenge platform includes a safe sign-up process, a personal profile area where children can set reading goals, review books, view book recommendations and access guides to e-lending. There is also a forum to chat to friends, play games, download and print activities, as well as family activities with rewards and unlockable content to keep children and families engaged throughout the summer months. The platform is free for children and families.

Throughout August, we will be encouraging children aged four plus to take part in our ‘Silly Season Reading Bingo’ challenge, there will be 12 challenges on our bingo sheet (3 on each line). They can be done one line per week or in any order and hopefully they will inspire children to continue to read and be creative throughout August. Challenges include reading whilst standing on one leg; choosing three favourite book characters to invite to a party plus reading a silly poem. Just download the bingo sheet (see Downloads section below), complete the challenges and email completed full houses to libraryenquiries@wiltshire.gov.uk to be entered into a prize draw to win books! If you have any questions or would like the bingo sheet as a word document, please email us.

    • Children's reading can 'dip' during the long summer holidays. The Reading Agency’s annual Summer Reading Challenge helps gets three quarters of a million children into libraries to maintain their reading skills and confidence
    • 9,224 Wiltshire children aged four to 11 took part in last year's Space Chase themed challenge and 5,928 completed it by reading six books, in total 39,321 books were read

    The summer reading challenge website is available for children to use all year around.
    It is packed full of fun for children  

    • The Summer Reading Challenge is intrinsically inclusive and can contribute to the achievement of all your pupils including those with special educational needs, disadvantaged pupils and the most able
    • It enhances and supports your school’s reading policy and your mission for all children to read more widely and for pleasure
    • It encourages parental engagement and family involvement in reading and helps your school make links with the library and the wider community
    • It can be the start of a child’s reading journey and prevent the tendency for children’s reading to dip over the holidays
    • It takes place at your local library and is a brilliant opportunity for extra-curricular activity
    • There are lots of school resources on the Reading Agency website 

    The Reading Agency manages the challenge nationally, find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge


    Under 4s can take part in Bookstart Bear Club or Bear's Reading Adventure, where they receive small prizes every time they visit a library and borrow a book or take part in an activity. Please note: we are unable to offer these incentives until further notice.

    Children aged 12 to 16 can join the 100 Club in larger libraries, a challenge to read 100 books at their own pace, they receive a special reading log to record the books they read. Please note: 100 Club will be run online, please follow our Facebook pages and Twitter for more information.


    Become a Summer Reading Challenge volunteer. This role involves registering children, supporting them in their reading and giving out prizes. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to gain experience and skills working with children and great to add to CVs and UCAS applications. Please note: unfortunately we are unable to offer this opportunity in 2020, please contact your local library for more information next year.


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