Summer Reading Challenge

Children can let their imaginations run wild in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which launches on Saturday 2 July.

This summer, children aged 4-11 can visit Slough Libraries to get involved in a science and innovation themed challenge, titled Gadgeteers. To take part, they need to read six books over the summer. 

Through taking part in the challenge, with free materials from Slough Libraries and online via the challenge website, children will be supported and encouraged to use their curiosity and wonder to understand the science behind a whole range of interests, from fashion and technology to cooking and music. 

The challenge features six Gadgeteers characters brought to life by children’s writer and illustrator Julian Beresford. 

Through the libraries’ book collections and accompanying themed activities, the challenge will help to spark children’s curiosity about the world around them and encourage them to feed their imagination over the summer holiday. Children will be rewarded with free goodies as they read their own choice of books to progress through the challenge and are awarded a medal and certificate on completion.

Councillor Christine Hulme, lead member for children’s services, lifelong learning and skills, said: “Every year it is wonderful to see how many children embrace the Summer Reading Challenge. 

“There are so many amazing books to choose from and the little prizes along the way is a great incentive. I hope many more children will take the chance and embrace the theme this year.”

Joining the challenge is free. It runs until 17 September. Children need to be a member of the library to take part. 

The official challenge website hosts digital rewards, author videos, games and more for children to enjoy all summer. Visit the challenge website.  

Sign up to the challenge and discover a world of imagination, inspiration and innovation inside your local Slough library.

To see what else is on offer at Slough’s libraries or to become a library member, visit the libraries webpage

Published: 1 July 2022