Summer Reading Challenge

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

Summer Reading Challenge

Join in with the Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge theme for 2020 is Silly Squad. It’s all about funny books, happiness and having a laugh!

The Silly Squad is a team of animal friends who love to go on adventures and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books.

Due to circumstances surrounding Covid-19, this year's Summer Reading Challenge will be delivered completely online.

Why should I join in?

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

The Summer Reading 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 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.

How does the challenge work?

Children can sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge online any time from 5 June. This year, children can set their own challenge which they can complete over the summer and unlock online rewards along the way. It's fun, and best of all, it's free!

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 webpage. 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 isn't already a library member, they can apply to be a virtual library member, so they can access our e-Reads and audio collections. Full information, and the online application form, can be found on our virtual library membership webpage.

Join the Summer Reading Challenge

Adult reading challenge

This year parents and carers can also set themselves a reading challenge with "For the Love of Books". The whole family could have a target number of books to read over the summer or perhaps try different genres or formats of books. If you pledge to take part in For the Love of Books you will also be entered into a prize draw to win an iPad.

Find out more about For the Love of Books

Summer activities

All Northamptonshire County Council Statutory libraries will post an activity on their facebook page each week, that families can complete at home. The Northamptonshire Summer Reading Challenge facebook page will share all of these activities as well as news and book reviews.


Due to the exceptional circumstances surrounding Covid-19, we are unable to offer the Summer Reading Challenge volunteer role this year.

Find out more

For more Silly Squad activities you can visit the official Silly Squad website.

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

​Illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020