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For parents and carers

We wanted to create a page just for parents and carers where you can find information about your child taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge and using this website.

What is the Summer Reading Challenge?

Every year, thousands of families all over the country take part in the UK’s biggest reading event for children in libraries, the Summer Reading Challenge, run by the charity The Reading Agency.

The aim of the challenge is to get children to read any six books of their choice from their library during the summer holidays.

Every year there’s a different theme; for 2017 it was Animal Agents, illustrated by the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator Tony Ross. A total of 761,758 children across the UK took part in Animal Agents at their local library, an increase of 6,550 from 2016.

The Summer Reading Challenge 2018 will be called Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved iconic children’s title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary.


Enrolling your child

The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged four to eleven. It is run in almost all libraries in the UK and it is completely free.

Go to your local library during the summer holidays – the sooner you go the longer your child will have to read six books. Staff will enrol your child and give them some fun materials to get them started on the Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge website

The Summer Reading Challenge website allows your child to log the books they have read during the summer – and beyond. They can also find new books to read, recommended by other children, watch exclusive author videos, take part in competitions and play games.

Please note: as the Summer Reading Challenge is a library-based scheme, children must enrol in the Challenge at a UK library to be eligible for any rewards.

Your child’s safety

Your child’s online safety is paramount to us.

When children register, we ask them to give us an email address; this is never passed on to third parties. We use this email address to enable children who have forgotten their username and/or password to access the site again. For children who enter a competition, we will use it to let them know if they have won a prize.

We encourage children to send us messages to tell us how they’re getting on with the Summer Reading Challenge. All messages sent to us go directly to our moderator, and nothing is displayed on the site that breaks the rules of our strict code of conduct.

Children cannot message each other independently – they can only send messages via our website (and through our moderator).

When children register on our site, they are given a fun username and can select an avatar. When they visit the site they log-in using this username and their chosen password. We never use children’s real names or allow messages with real names to be posted on our site. Similarly any personal information such as addresses and phone numbers are never displayed. Messages containing any personal information will be blocked or edited by our moderators.

If you have any other questions regarding safety and your child on the Summer Reading Challenge website, please email us direct: summerreadingchallenge@readingagency.org.uk

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Helping more children take part

It only costs £3 for The Reading Agency and libraries to provide the Summer Reading Challenge free of charge to three children. If your child enjoys taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge, then please help us bring the joy of reading and the fun of the Challenge to even more children. Please donate £3 to help us reach another three children. You can donate £3 by texting READ to 70080 or by visiting www.justgiving.com/SummerReadingChallenge.

  • Text Costs £3.00 plus network charge. The Reading Agency receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payers permission. Customer care 08448479800. Charity No 1085443.

Useful links

Summer Reading Challenge website help page – for questions about using this website.

Additional Animal Agents FAQs – for questions about Animal Agents, the Summer Reading Challenge 2017, including rewards and certificates, library visits, and sticker codes.