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Children's Summer Reading Challenge

Reading throughout the summer is very important for children's development – and it's fun!

Summer Reading Challenge 2022

For the Summer Reading Challenge 2022, The Reading Agency has partnered with the Science Museum Group to create 'Gadgeteers'.

Science is all around you, and whether you're a brilliant baker, a mega music fan, or a tech wizard – in fact whatever it is you love – there'll be something for you in the Challenge.

This year's challenge inspires children and young people to use their curiosity and creativity to discover the science behind the everyday. It celebrates the role of the imagination in reading and the sciences.

The Gadgeteers are planning an epic summer party! Through reading books and collecting rewards, Challenge participants will help the Gadgeteers use their special skills to get everything ready.

With incentives to collect and brilliant books to enjoy, the Challenge is a perfect summer activity to build young readers' skills and confidence during the long break from school.

The Challenge is available in all Thurrock libraries this summer. Children can also take part online through the UK Summer Reading Challenge website.

Join for free from Saturday 16 July, collect stickers, a medal and a certificate for reading 6 books over the summer holidays. For 8 books you'll receive a limited edition 'Gadgeteers' bag!

Last year's Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge for 2021 was the environment-themed 'Wild World Heroes'. Children could join in either online or at their local library. In total, 1,968 took part and 1,057 successfully completed the challenge by reading 6 books or more.

We have sent certificates to schools for all those who completed the challenge.

Summer Reading Challenge school shield

Our Summer Reading Challenge school shield is awarded to the school that has the most students finishing the challenge in comparison to the number of students who took part.

Congratulations to Woodside Academy – winners of the shield for 2021 and 2019! Well done to Kenningtons Primary Academy and Dilkes Academy for coming second and third in 2021.

For a chance to have your school's name engraved on the shield, ask your friends to take part and complete the annual Summer Reading Challenge. Every school in Thurrock, whether big or small, has an equal chance to have its name put on the shield and keep it for the year.