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 national 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. The Summer Reading Challenge 2018 is called Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved iconic children’s title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary.
Taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge
The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged four to eleven, and encourages them to keep up their reading skills and confidence over the long summer break. 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 register your child for the Challenge and give them some fun materials to get them started.
- Most libraries in Scotland will start the Challenge on Saturday 23 June 2018.
- Most libraries in England and Wales will start the Challenge on Saturday 14 July 2018.
- There is not an official end date for the Challenge. Each library authority will set their own finish date. Please check with your local library to find out when the Challenge will finish in your area.
Some libraries will also offer a Mini Challenge, with materials that are safe and suitable for children under four. Check with your local library to find out if they will be offering the Mini Challenge.
Regional variations to start/finish dates and the exact incentives available to collect will apply. Your local library will be able to confirm when and how the Challenge will run in your area.
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: the Summer Reading Challenge is a library-based scheme and children must join the Challenge at a UK library to be eligible for any rewards including stickers and completer certificates.
Your child’s safety
Your child’s online safety is paramount to us.
When your child signs up for a Summer Reading Challenge website account, as the parent or guardian of the child we need you to confirm their registration. This is to comply with the latest data protection laws.
Signing up to the Summer Reading Challenge website
When your child signs up for a website account or logs in for the first time after May 2018, we ask them to provide an email address for a parent or carer. We then send you an email asking you to approve their account.
To approve your child’s account, you will need a Reading Agency Passport account of your own – this is so we can link your account to your child’s for security.
If you don’t have a Reading Agency account, you can sign up for one here, or follow the instructions in the approval email we send you.
Once you’re logged in to your own account, you can give your consent for your child’s Summer Reading Challenge account by following the link in the approval email. Their account will then appear linked to yours under the ‘Children’ tab and they will be able to log in.
Website screen names
When your child joins the Summer Reading Challenge website they are automatically assigned a random screen name (for example, “Professor Iggy Wellington”).
This screen name will be displayed at the top of the page when they sign in and will appear against any content they post to the website.
Every child is given a random screen name to help keep them anonymous.
Children can choose their own username and password when registering for the website and these details will allow them to sign in.
The screen name is randomly allocated and is designed to protect children who enter their real name as their username.
If the date of birth your child has registered with indicates they are an adult, their screen name will display as Anonymous.
This is because the same sign up system is used across all Reading Agency websites, where adults are able to post using their real names if they wish, whereas we do not allow any identifying information on the Summer Reading Challenge website.
How we use your information
The email address we collect when a new account is created 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.
The Book Sorter provides reading recommendations based on books other children have enjoyed. All the books have been recommended, rated and reviewed by children using this website. We ask children to submit a date of birth when they register so that Book Sorter recommendations can be tailored for different age groups. We do not use this information for anything else.
Children have the option of posting messages to the Chat page to tell us how they’re getting on with the Summer Reading Challenge and share the books they are enjoying with other readers. All messages sent through Chat 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 the Chat page (and through our moderator).
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 by our moderators.
If you have any other questions regarding safety and your child on the Summer Reading Challenge website, please email us direct: email@example.com
Family Favourites activity sheet
Download our free Mischief Makers Family Favourites activity sheet for bookworms and Beano fans of all ages!
You can share the books you’ve been enjoying and reminisce about your favourite Beano characters.
Download your activity sheet here.
Find out what is happening throughout the summer and in other parts of the country
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.
Have your say!
If your family has taken part in Mischief Makers this summer, we’d really like to hear from you.
Take our quick survey here to tell us about your Summer Reading Challenge experience and enter our prize draw to win a £30 shopping voucher.
The Reading Agency’s Summer Booklist
The Challenge is a great time to share and talk about books as a family. The Reading Agency team has put together the ultimate summer holiday booklist, with recommendations for new and older books that we think are perfect for adults looking for a great summer read.
When your children go to the library to get their books for the Summer Reading Challenge, why not pick up one of these suggestions?
Summer Reading Challenge website help page – for general questions about the Summer Reading Challenge and using this website.
Mischief Makers FAQs – for questions about the Summer Reading Challenge 2018, including stickers and incentives