Summer Reading Challenge 2018 | Mischief Makers


Beano’s 80th birthday is the inspiration behind this year’s Summer Reading Challenge: Mischief Makers.

Reading for pleasure is more important to children’s successes than education or social class. The Summer Reading Challenge gets three quarters of a million children into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence during the long holidays. And yes, that’s our Dennis wreaking havoc in Beanotown Library. And your kids can do the same – here’s how.

What is the Summer Reading Challenge?

Every year, thousands of families all over the country take part in the UK’s biggest reading event for children in libraries, the Summer Reading Challenge, run by the charity The Reading Agency. It takes place during the summer holidays. You can sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice to complete the Challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it’s FREE to take part!

What’s the aim of the challenge?

The aim of the challenge is to get children to read any six books of their choice from their library during the summer holidays. The Mischief Makers theme should give you a clue as to which books come recommended – have a read of the Mischief Makers list here. Every book is suggested by kids who’ve read them.

Who’s the Summer Reading Challenge for?

The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged four to eleven. It is run in almost all libraries in the UK and it is completely free.

How does it work?

Go to your local library during the summer holidays – the sooner you go the longer your child will have to read six books. Staff will register your child for the Challenge and give them some fun materials to get them started.

When does the Summer Reading Challenge start?

Most libraries in Scotland will start the Challenge on Saturday 23 June 2018 while England and Wales will start the Challenge on Saturday 14 July 2018. There is not an official end date for the Challenge but your local library will be able to confirm when and how the Challenge will run in your area.

What happens on the Summer Reading Challenge website?

The Summer Reading Challenge website allows your child to log the books they have read during the summer – and beyond. They can also find new books to read, recommended by other children, watch exclusive author videos, take part in competitions and play games. Plus find out which books your favourite celebrities recommend!

How do I find out more?

Head over to the Summer Reading Challenge website now! Or have a watch of the official launch video:

Please note: the Summer Reading Challenge is a library-based scheme and children must join the Challenge at a UK library to be eligible for any rewards including stickers and completer certificates.