Summer Reading Challenge

Every year Northamptonshire Libraries deliver the Summer Reading Challenge for 4 to 11 year olds.

Children reading in a library

The Summer Reading Challenge 2021 has finished but you can still take part in the Winter Mini Challenge. 

Winter Mini Challenge 2021

The Winter Mini Challenge has launched and finishes on the 20 February 2022. The theme is "Wild World Heroes" and features the characters from the Summer Reading Challenge.

How can I take part in the Winter Mini Challenge?

Children can sign up now for the Winter Mini Challenge.

To take part, you just need to read three or more books, add these to your challenge website profile and leave a short book review.

When you reach your online reading goal you will unlock a virtual badge and a special "Wild World Heroes" certificate to print off and keep!

There are also fun activities, videos and reading recommendations on the website.

Why should I join in?

Studies have shown that children's reading can 'dip' through the school holidays if they don’t have regular access to books and are encouraged to read for pleasure. The Winter Mini Challenge aims to get children reading for enjoyment and promote the use of the fabulous online resources that their local library provides.

The Winter Mini Challenge encourages children to read for pleasure. It combines free access to books with fun activities, that can be completed at home, and a creative online element. At the heart of the challenge is children choosing and sharing any books - in any format - that they like. Novels, fact books, picture books, graphic novels, joke books, all count. 

These can be borrowed from your local library or from one of the library's e-book and e-audiobook providers. This year you can also read, or listen to, books that you already have at home.

Northamptonshire Libraries have two e-book and e-audiobook providers, Borrowbox and Libby, who children can borrow books from. More information can be found on our e-Reads and audio page. Children have full access to all the e-lending stock on these platforms, including adult titles, so parents and carers should supervise what their children are borrowing.

If your child only wants to borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks they can apply to be a virtual library member online. Full information, and the online application form, can be found on our virtual library membership page.

Join the Winter Mini Challenge

The Winter Mini Challenge is produced annually by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries.