Portsmouth’s Summer Reading Challenge

What is the Summer Reading Challenge?

The Challenge aims to get kids reading over the summer holidays and challenges them to read 6 books of their choice from their local library. 

Aimed at Children aged 4 to 11 The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year 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!

The Summer Reading Challenge website helps you keep track of your reading all year round: find new books to read, take part in competitions and play games.

This year’s theme is called Mischief Makers, inspired by the Beano comic, which is celebrating 80 years in print this year.You can sign your child up at your local library where they will receive a Beanotown Map to get them started. Alternatively you can sign them up on the Summer Reading Challenge website and register to get a Reading Agency Passport Account.

Reading Challenge Volunteers and Staff at Southsea Library.           (Photo Credit Portsmouth Library Service)

Portsmouth Libraries will be hosting a series of activities for children based on this year’s theme, inviting them to Enter the Mythical Maze and delight in dragons, mermaids, unicorns and other mystical creatures from around the world. Kids can make unicorn horns, flying monkeys, sock monsters, scary spiders and fire-breathing dragons. Check with your local library branch for a full schedule of activities.

Kids can either log the books they’ve read at the library, collecting stinky stickers as they go, or they can now log them online.   The website has games, competitions, book reviews and a fab book sorter to generate ideas for books to read based on your child’s interests.  The main thing though is to get reading, and to use our local libraries.

At the end of the Summer, if your child has completed the challenge they will receive a certificate. The reading challenge launches on the 14th July 2018. 

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