How do I sign up to the site?
Go to sign up now. You’ll need an email address. If you don’t have one, you can use a parent or carer’s email address, but ask their permission first! Once signed up, you can update your profile, record the books you’ve read and send messages.
You can use the same email address to create more than one account, just make sure you keep a note of the different usernames when you register.
What do I do if I forget my username?
On the Login page click on ’Don’t know your username?’ Type in the email address you used to sign up, and we will email your username to you.
What do I do if I forget my password?
On the Login page click on Forgot your password? Type in your username and we will send you an email (to the address you used to sign up) with a link to reset your password.
The log in pages are character and case sensitive, so make sure you type in your exact username with all the right capital letters and spaces.
How do I join the Summer Reading Challenge at my library?
Ask your parent or carer to check to see if your local library is running the Summer Reading Challenge. Then go along to the library and join up – they’ll help you if you don’t already have a library card. You’ll earn special rewards for the books you read.
You can use this website to keep track of the library books you’ve read, write reviews, play games and lots more! Just make sure you’re registered for the Summer Reading Challenge at your library if you want to collect any of the summer rewards like stickers and certificates
Why doesn’t my own name show when I sign up?
We want the site to be as safe for you as possible, so we don’t show anyone’s real name. The site will create a unique name just for you – we hope you like it! This will be your username when you log-in to the site.
Can I read any books for the Summer Reading Challenge?
Yes! You can read any books you like, as long as they’re from the library – fact books, poetry books, joke books, anything you like – and eBooks and audio books count too!
We think it’s a good idea to try and mix things up by reading different books from the ones you might usually try, but it’s really up to you. Don’t forget to add what you’re reading on your profile.
How do I keep a record of the books I’ve read?
When you start the Summer Reading Challenge you’ll receive a special pack at the library. Write down the books you’re reading and give them a rating. Library staff will be looking forward to hearing about the books you’ve read.
You can also keep a record of your books right here on the Summer Reading Challenge website and tell other children what you thought of them. Look out for the button that says ‘Add a new book now’!
How do I add my books on the website?
You can add and rate books from your profile page. Login to the site and click on the green button that says ‘Add a new book now’. As you rate the books you read, this information is sent to the Book Sorter to help other kids find something they want to read.
I’m stuck for my next book to read
You need the Book Sorter! Tell the Book Sorter a bit about yourself and the kind of book you’re looking for and it will instantly give you a list of books it recommends just for you. They’ve all been recommended by other kids, so they’re bound to be worth a try.
I’d like to change my avatar
You’ll need to login, go to your profile and then click on ‘Edit profile’. Choose the character you want to be, enter your password and, hey presto, you’ve got a new avatar.
How do I post a message?
Login to the site and go to ‘Chat’. Click on ‘Your messages’ and post what you’d like to say. Make sure you’re familiar with our 10 rules for using the website first. The Summer Reading Challenge team will read your message and publish it to the Chat page.
How do I unlock the Star Reviewer badge?
You can unlock the Star Reviewer badge by reviewing books when you add them to your profile. The Summer Reading Challenge team read every submission before anything is published on the website, and are always on the look out for thoughtful and creative book reviews. Check out our Star Reviewer blog for more tips.