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23rd April 2014 Sara Lock

Libraries engaging with children through the Summer's reading challenge

By: The Reading Agency


Every year The Reading Agency partners with libraries to create the Summer Reading Challenge, the UK’s biggest children’s reading promotion. Children are encouraged to read six library books of their choice over the summer holidays. They join the Challenge at their local library, where library staff and volunteers give out themed materials and incentives, and medals and certificates are awarded to those who finish six books. This case study details the 2013 Challenge – Creepy House.

Key Achievements

  • 777,973 children aged 4-11 took part in the Creepy House Summer Reading Challenge 
  • In total 810,089 children took part including under 4s (6,711)and international programmes via the British Council (12,060) and libraries in the Republic of Ireland (13,345) 
  • 98% of UK libraries ran the Creepy House Summer Reading Challenge 
  • 336,588 or 44% of participants in UK libraries were boys 
  • Children doing the Challenge read more than 3 million books over the summer holidays 
  • 66,764 children signed up as new library members
| Published:2014

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