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Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Challenge

Southampton City Libraries are calling for children under 12 to sign up to read six books this summer as part of the Summer Reading Challenge.

Southampton City Libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Space Chase, Summer Reading Challenge 2019

The Summer Reading Challenge asks children under 12 years old to borrow and read any six library books over the summer. The theme for the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. 

Children will team up with futuristic family The Rockets for an exciting space mission as they track down books nabbed by a mischievous band of aliens. As children read library books for the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells. By adding these stickers to their collectable mission folders, young readers will help the Rockets solve clues, dodge asteroids and discover the missing books, having lots of fun and adventures along the way. 

To take part in Space Chase, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library, where they will be given a Space Chase collector folder to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.


Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency said: “At The Reading Agency, we tackle life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading. We know from our research that families and children love taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge, and we are proud to have been running the Challenge for twenty years this year. The space theme has been chosen to coincide with the 5Oth anniversary of the first moon landing. Last summer, children worked with illustrator Adam Stower to come up with ideas for the Space Chase adventure, and we hope the Challenge will inspire all children to use their local library and to read lots of great books throughout the summer and beyond."

Councillor Satvir Kaur, Cabinet member for homes and culture at Southampton City Council said: “As a Council we are dedicated to improving life chances for our young people and literacy is vital to giving children the best possible start in life. Our libraries keep our communities learning and thriving and the Summer Reading Challenge is a great, fun way to keep the kids entertained over the holidays and has proved hugely successful in motivating children to read more over the summer holidays, with nearly 2700 children taking part last year.”

Space Chase launches in all libraries across Southampton on Saturday 13 July 2019 and runs until Saturday 31 August 2019.