Summer Reading Challenge

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

The Summer Reading Challenge has finished this year but please revisit this page next summer to find out how to take part in 2021's reading challenge.

Winter Mini Challenge

The Winter Mini Challenge will launch on the 1 December 2020 and finishes on the 15 January 2021. The theme is "Everyone is a hero" and features characters from books published by Knights Of.

How can I take part in the Winter Mini Challenge?

Children can sign up anytime for the Winter Mini Challenge from the 1 December 2020.

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 "Everyone Is A Hero" certificate to print off and keep!

There are also fun activities, videos and reading recommendations on the website, plus an exciting competition.

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. Reading challenges aim 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 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 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 page.

Join the Winter Mini Challenge

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