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The Winter Mini Challenge is here!

The Winter Mini Challenge is here!

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Welcome to the Winter Mini Challenge 2019!

We’ve teamed up with Oxford Children’s Books to bring you some extra special reading rewards inspired by the most IN-SLED-IBLE book, Pugs of the Frozen North, by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre!


Sounds great! How do I take part?

Taking part in the Winter Mini Challenge is simple: all you have to do is read three books between Monday 2 December 2019 and Monday 13 January 2020

Once you’ve read a book, add it to your website profile and write a review to let everyone know what you thought.

Add 3 books (or more) to complete the Winter Mini Challenge!

There’s a brand new Pugs certificate AND a limited edition virtual badge for everyone who completes the Mini Challenge:

We even have a handy Reading Record to help you keep track of your winter reads. CLICK HERE to get yours!


Important stuff

The Winter Mini Challenge starts on Monday 2 December 2019 and finishes on Monday 13 January 2020

You can read any books you like – fact books, fiction, joke books, picture books, eBooks, audio books – the choice is yours!

Read your books and review at least three of them online before the Mini Challenge ends to unlock your rewards.

Just visit your profile page and click the ‘Add a new book now’ button to log your books. You can rate each book out of 5 and write a review to let everyone know what you thought.

Getting started

If you don’t have a profile yet, signing up for one is easy: click the ‘Join in’ button at the top of this page to register for a website account.

If you’re joining us for the first time, you’ll need the email address of a parent or carer handy so we can ask them for permission to create your account.

Downloading your certificate

Once you’ve completed the challenge, go to the Badges & Codes page on your profile. Scroll down the page until you see the Special Badges Box – you will see your Winter Mini Challenge pug badge inside. Click on the badge and it will take you to a page where you can see and save your certificate.

Fun stuff

We have heaps of Mini Challenge activities to take part in this winter!

Download your Winter Mini Challenge Reading Record here to print out and keep track of your fave books

WIN a complete set of hilariously funny books by Reeve and McIntyre with our Perfect Pet Pug design competition

Help pugs Mopsy, Claudette and Fabio model the latest winter fashions with our Pug Jumpers colouring sheet

Put your design skills to the test and create the most amazing sled in the Frozen North with our Best Ever Sled activity sheet

Watch out for those yetis! Draw yourself in the middle of the action with our Yeti Attack! activity

Create your very own woolly winter companion with our Little Knitted Polar Pug pattern

See if you can get a perfect score in our Pugs of the Frozen North quiz

Post a message in Chat and share your Winter Mini Challenge tips

Check out the Book Sorter to see what books other children are loving

Ready to take on the Mini Challenge and get reading?

There’s snow better place to start than the library!

Why not visit your local library and stock up on brilliant books to see you through the winter (you might even spot a pug or 66 while you’re there!)

Happy Reading!

Information for adults


Visit our School Zone to access free resources and Challenge ideas for your class.


Visit our Home Zone, full of useful Challenge information for parents, grandparents and carers. For information about supporting reading in the early years visit our Pre-School Zone.


Visit our Library Zone to find libraries near you running the challenge, and how to take part.