READY, STEADY, READ! Summer Reading Challenge

Your child is invited to sign up for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Sign up at your local library!

What is the Summer Reading Challenge?

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to keep reading during the school summer holidays – and to enjoy anything they like to read! Children aged 4-11 are invited to set a reading goal, and collect rewards for their reading.

It’s FREE to take part, and last year 75% of children taking part improved their reading skills over the holidays.1

Why should my child sign up?

Your child will be part of a UK-wide programme developed by The Reading Agency and delivered in partnership with the public library network.

How can my child take part? (Library OR online)

In the library. Visit your local library and sign up. Your child will:

Take part online at


Throughout the summer holidays. Check with your local library to find out start & finish dates near you. Unsure where your closest library is? Use the Library Finder to check.

Head to your local library this summer and sign up! If you have any questions, please contact Pontefract Library, 28-32 Market Place, Pontefract, WF8 1BD. Main Library: 01977 727 692 Children’s Library: 01977 727 695

Yours faithfully,
Will Bosanquet – Reading and Phonics Lead

[1] The Reading Agency (2022) Summer Reading Challenge 2022: Annual Report

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What do families think?

I never liked reading before because of this challenge I got the courage to read more books and I have more interest in books. This has been the greatest experience ever in my life to read more books than before thanks.

Girl, aged 12+

The challenge encouraged my child to read more often, and in turn encouraged myself as well.

Parent/carer of 6-7 year-old boy

Enabled us to have some fun cheap days out and reading together has brought us closer than before.

Parent/carer of 8-9 year-old girl

We’ve joined the reading challenge for the past 4 years and every year it has inspired and encouraged a deeper joy for reading. For a young dyslexic boy the challenge helps make reading fun.”

Parent/carer of 6-7 year-old boy

My child lacks confidence. Going to the library and meeting the friendly staff has definitely made him more confident in himself and encouraged him to read more being able to pick his own books to read from their huge collection.”

Parent/carer of 10-11 year-old boy