The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays and this year’s Challenge will launch in libraries across Wales on Saturday 13 July 2019 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
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 2019’s theme being the Space Chase.
Taking inspiration from the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing kids will be taken on an out-of-this-world adventure as they join a super space family “The Rockets” for a thrilling mission to track down books taken by the mischievous aliens
How to Sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge
The Summer Reading Challenge is designed for children aged four to eleven. You can sign up for this challenge at your local library and it is completely free to take part
Irrelevant of this year’s space theme children can pick any themed book to read and each time they go to the library to exchange their book for a new one they will receive exclusive rewards. Plus if they manage to read all six books they will get a certificate at the end.
Not a Member of your Local Library – No Problem
Not every child is a member of their local library already and that’s ok, your children can still take part in this Summer Reading Challenge.
Its Free and pretty easy to become a member of your local library. Every county in West Wales does their sign up roughly the same way and here is a quick rundown of them:
To Join a library in either Neath Port Talbot or Ceredigion:
You will need to pop along to your local library and complete a quick application to get your membership cards. For children’s cards a parent or guardian will need to sign them up for it. You will need to bring along ID to prove your address is within the county.
To Join a library in either Swansea, Carmarthenshire or Pembrokeshire:
You have two ways you can sign up, one is to go online and complete a form, however this will just give you a temporary card and you will still need to show some form of ID with your address on it when you physically go the library, but this way does mean you can do all the form filling before you get there.
The other way is to pop into your local library and complete a the application there to get your membership cards. For children’s cards a parent or guardian will need to sign them up for it.
If you wish to do the online option here are the links to each area –
Sign up online to Swansea Libraries
Sign up online to Carmarthenshire Libraries
Sign up online to Pembrokeshire Libraries
Every Library tends to ask for very similar forms of ID to prove your address so to give you an idea of what you should take here is rough list:
- Driving licence with address
- TV licence
- Utility bill (issued within the last three months)
- Bank / building society statement (issued within the last three months)
- Credit card statement (issued within the last three months)
- Council tax bill / Council rent book
- HM Revenue and Customs statement
- Passports with address (where the address has been officially entered by the issuing authority)
- UK or other European Union national ID card with address
- Home Office permit to stay
- University certificate for hall of residence (stamped and signed by institution)
- UK Firearms licence
- Home insurance policy
- International student photo card
The Summer Reading Challenge website
The Summer Reading Challenge website can actually help kids keep track of their reading 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.
However, if your child wants to sign up for an account, a parent or guardian will need you to confirm their registration.
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!”