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How to Sign your Child up to The Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays and this year’s Challenge has launched early and we have all the information that you need to know about how to sign your child up to it.

What is the Summer Reading Challenge?

The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest free reading for pleasure event for children. It is organised by a national charity called The Reading Agency, who works in partnership with the UK public library network.

The Reading Agency and your local libraries hold this Summer Reading Challenge every year during the school summer holidays, with the aim of encouraging children to read any six books of their choice from their library before they go back to school.

In return for their effort’s children receive special rewards each time they finish a book and there’s a certificate for everyone who completes the Challenge.


Top 5 Benefits of Taking Part in the Summer Reading Challenge

  • Prevents a dip of children’s reading skills whilst off school
  • Builds confidence in reading
  • Reading for fun improves literacy
  • Instilling a love of reading in children can help with their long-term wellbeing, as 19% of adult readers say that reading stops them feeling lonely
  • Reading for pleasure enables children to have a higher level of empathy, greater self-esteem and makes them better able to cope with difficult situations


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This Year’s Reading Challenge Theme

Every year there’s a different theme given to the Summer Reading Challenge and this year is no different with 2020’s theme is Silly Squad.

Taking inspiration celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. Children that’s are taking part in the Challenge will join the Silly Squad’s adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books.


How to Sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge is designed for children aged four to eleven and normally you can sign up for this challenge at your local library and it is completely free to take part

Irrelevant of this year’s Silly Squad theme children can pick any themed book to read and each time they would have gone to the library to exchange their book for a new one they would have received exclusive rewards.

However, this year due to the disruption of Coronavirus schools and libraries are no open as usual. So the 2020 Summer Reading Challenge will be launched as a digital activity instead.

This year instead of running from July until September it will run from 1st June until September.

This digital challenge will still be free to access and will include online games, quizzes and digital and downloadable activities to encourage children and their families to take part in fun activities at home.

Although all the library in West Wales are closed, libraries will still be delivering this Summer Reading Challenge for kids via their virtual services and e-lending platforms.

With all the disruption that kids have had this year to their school life, this year’s reading challenge  is going to be a fun and easy way for parents and families to maintain their child’s literacy levels


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The Summer Reading Challenge Website

The Summer Reading Challenge website can actually help kids keep track of their reading during the challenge and all year round, as well as give them ideas of what new books to read, take part in competitions and mini challenges, and play games, so it’s well worth a visit.


And this year it’s the Summer Reading Challenge Website that you need to Sign Up on rather than in your Library. However, if your child wants to sign up for an account, a parent or guardian will need you to confirm their registration. To Sign Up to this Years Challenge you can do that Here 

And just like any other year if your child manages to read all six books they will get a certificate at the end.

The School Summer Holidays can be a challenge for many parents to keep the kids entertained and not break the bank, so this Summer Reading Challenge will tick all those boxes because “It’s fun, it’s free and it’s local!”





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