Keeping up with reading during the summer holidays can be tricky, with many parents, carers and tutors noticing a ‘dip’ in their children’s reading ability while they’re away from school. That’s why every year, Libraries all across Leicestershire and the UK get set for The Summer Reading Challenge, an initiative that helps three quarters of a million children regain that confidence, from ages 4-11 years.

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge has been named The Big Friendly Read, inspired by the wonderful stories of children’s author Roald Dahl, who would be celebrating his 100th birthday this year. Children are encouraged to read six books of their choice by the 17th September, with tools and rewards to keep them on track.

Limited edition Quentin Blake collector cards will be given to each participant for every book they read, and there’s a medal and certificate up for grabs when all six books have been completed. As a special reward for taking on the challenge, children even get free entry to Bosworth Battlefield and the 1620s House and Garden at Donnington Le Heath*.

Going on holiday in the UK? Don’t worry! You can still go to any UK library running the Summer Reading Challenge, and you don’t have to keep going to the same library, so your children can still keep up with the challenge wherever they are.

To take part, go to your local library during the summer holidays, and the staff there will get your child started with fun materials to get those pages turning! Go to to find out more.


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