Summer Reading Challenge

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase – an out-of-this-world adventure celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Sign up at your local library →

… there’s still time to start and complete the Challenge. You can even do it while on holiday!

Taking part

An alien running

Your child can help our super space family, the Rockets, on a special mission - and have tons of fun along the way!

  1. Sign up for the Challenge at your local library.
  2. Your child will be given a special mission folder to keep a record of their reading.
  3. Read at least six library books and collect stickers and rewards.
  4. They receive a certificate and medal when they finish.
  5. It’s fun and totally free!


People reading in unexpected places, including a gym, in lockers and on a boat.

We want to see you reading in weird and wonderful places over the summer holidays. Whoever shares the best photo will win a Lego City Space Station!

  • Enter by sharing your photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Use the hashtag #SLWhereOnEarth and tag us:
  • Don't forget that if you have your photo or account set to 'private', we won't be able to see it!

By tagging us and using our hashtag, you give your consent for us to share, retweet or repost your photo. Images must be shared by midnight on Monday 2 September 2019.

You can enter as many photos as you like.

We'll choose our four favourite photos and the winner will be decided by public vote. Tempting though the prize is, this competition is primarily aimed at children. However, we'd really love to see group shots of families reading. You could even get your pets involved!

The Rockets

This super cool family lives on a satellite station in space. They love spending time at their local library on the Moon.

Cartoon of The Rocket Family dressed in bright space suits

But wait! All of a sudden books have started to disappear from the Moon Library, and soon there won’t be any left… A mysterious ship has been spotted on the radar – could these naughty aliens be behind the trouble at the library?

Why take the Challenge?

A large purple alien in a space suit smiling

The Summer Reading Challenge gets around 700,000 children into libraries each year to keep up their reading skills and confidence during the long holidays. It’s fun, it’s free and it’s local!

Embedding a love of reading in children can help their wellbeing later in life. 19% of adult readers say that reading stops them feeling lonely.

Studies have found that those who read for pleasure have higher levels of empathy, greater self-esteem and are better able to cope with difficult situations.

What can your child read?

A tall, thin, green robot

Anything! At the heart of the Challenge is children choosing and sharing any books – in any format – that they like. Novels, fact books, joke books, e-books and audio books all count and your library has staff and volunteers to help your child choose books they will really enjoy. Teachers tell us that children return to school with a new enthusiasm for reading too.