Summer Reading Challenge 2018 launches in Suffolk Libraries

Written by MiriamSpall on Monday, July 23, 2018 - 22:38

Suffolk Libraries is reminding families across the county that this year’s Summer Reading Challenge launches this weekend in all of the county’s libraries.

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays and helps to get three quarters of a million children into libraries across the country. The number of children taking part in Suffolk has been increasing year on year since 2013. This year’s theme is ‘Mischief Makers’, inspired by the much-loved iconic children’s title The Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year.

It’s a fun and engaging way of encouraging children to keep reading during the long summer holidays when reading can dip if they don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure.  The campaign is produced by the Reading Agency and delivered by libraries.

The idea is for young children to read six library books of their choice and collect special stickers and other incentives along the way. Children can sign up at the library for free from this weekend (Saturday 21 July) and there are various special Summer Reading sessions and activities at various libraries during the holidays. For more information contact your local library or

The Summer Reading Challenge is also running at the two weekly Suffolk Libraries Local sessions in Shotley and Rushmere. Plus, Suffolk Libraries will also again be running ‘ImagiNation’, alongside the Summer Reading Challenge - an arts and literature activity for young people aged 10-18 encouraging them to express their reaction to a book they’ve read through their own artwork.

In 2017 the number of children taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge in Suffolk were the highest ever – 8,362. This was the fifth consecutive year this number increased and children taking part last year also read over 85,000 books and nearly 2,300 registered for their first library card. The Summer Reading Challenge really can make a difference to children’s reading and literacy skills.

Krystal Vittles, Suffolk Libraries Development Manager and Children’s Lead, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge can make a difference to a child’s literacy skills at an important time in their development and we’ve been thrilled to see more and more  children taking part every year.”

There is no other free reading activity that involves so many children, introduces families to their library, encourages children to choose books freely and independently and is endorsed by parents, teachers and the Department for Education. For more information visit

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