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Summer Reading Challenge

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Astronaut Training Programme 2019

This year Wiltshire libraries teamed up with Healthy Me Wiltshire to offer the Astronaut Training Programme for four to 11 year olds.

The programme included six fun movement, food and hydration challenges for children to complete alongside the Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge.

This challenge ran in Wiltshire from Saturday 13 July to Saturday 7 September 2019. It was produced by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries.

The theme was Space Chase, an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Children aged four to 11 were challenged to read six library books over the summer for which they received prizes along the way and a medal and certificate on completion.

Space Chase featured bespoke artwork from top children's illustrator, Adam Stower, and celebrated adventure, exploration, reading and fun!

  • 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
  • 9,396 Wiltshire children aged four to 11 took part in last year's Mischief Makers themed challenge and 6,086 completed it by reading six books, in total 40,554 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.

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


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. Contact your local library for more information.


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Last updated: 17 October 2019 | Last reviewed: 17 October 2019