The Summer Reading Challenge is a national programme from The Reading Agency that has been running for over 20 years. It was set up to combat the dip in children’s literacy levels over the summer holidays, leaving children struggling to catch up when school restarts in September.

The Summer Reading Challenge also encourages children to develop a love of reading for fun, as this is the biggest indicator of a child’s future success. Studies also show reading for pleasure has a great effect on children’s mental health and wellbeing.

The whole family can take part with a challenge for children, teens, and adults.

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There are prizes to be won including:

  • family days out
  • vouchers
  • special medals and more.

Children's Summer Reading Challenge 

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The theme for this year’s children's Summer Reading Challenge is Marvellous Makers. The challenge is for children aged 4 to 11.

To complete the challenge, children must read 6 library books between Saturday 13 July to Saturday 14 September 2024.

For every book finished, they'll receive a prize including:

  • a poster
  • smelly stickers
  • a door hanger
  • colouring pencils.

Once they've completed the challenge by reading 6 books, they'll get a special medal and certificate.

Any library book counts towards the child’s total, including our wide range of:

  • fiction
  • non-fiction
  • graphic novels
  • comics
  • audiobooks
  • eBooks.

To sign up and take part, visit any Medway library.

Marvellous Makers, celebrates the creative arts, storytelling, and imagination in all its forms.

There are many events running throughout the summer at Medway Libraries to celebrate the Marvellous Makers theme.

Teen Reading Challenge 

Teen reading challenge

The Teen Reading Challenge encourages 12 to 17 year olds to read 6 library books between Saturday 13 July to Saturday 14 September 2024.

We have a large range of books for young adults. 

Participants who finish 6 books will be entered into a prize draw.

Prizes include:

  • 1 month free at Spotlights Theatre
  • Nucleus Arts: 2 spaces to complete a Discover Arts Award (winner and friend)
  • set of books
  • gift bag of art materials from Sun Pier.

To sign up, visit any Medway library.

Adult Reading Challenge 

Adult reading challenge

Take some time out for yourself this summer and take part in the Adult Reading Challenge.

Reading is a perfect way to relax, escape, journey somewhere else, or discover something new.

Open to any Medway resident over 18 years old. 

For a chance to win a great prize read, 6 library books between Saturday 13 July to Saturday 14 September 2024.

Any library book counts towards your total.

Participants who finish 6 books will be entered into a prize draw with a chance to win 1 of our great prizes including:

  • 60 Minute facial with local business Auderma
  • family panto tickets at The Central Theatre
  • annual family ticket to Royal Engineers Museum
  • family ticket to Fenn Bell Zoo
  • set of tickets to the Medway Archives lecture series
  • pair of tickets to the Wigmore Lecture series.

To sign up, visit any Medway library.