Summer Reading Challenge

This year’s Summer Reading challenge 2019 has launched!   Every year there is a different theme. This year’s theme is Space Chase, an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. 

There are over 40 events and activities specially themed for the Summer Reading Challenge happening in Libraries across Cornwall.  Visit your local library to find out more or find us on Facebook (Cornwall Libraries) or Twitter (@LibraryCornwall) for details of events. 

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Children taking part in the Challenge will join our super space family, The Rockets, for a thrilling mission to track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens!  Last year 44%  of participants in Cornwall were boys.  Cornwall lead the way in the South West with a 71% completion rate - 7796 participants of which 5454 completed the challenge. 

The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged four to eleven and it is run in almost all libraries in the UK and  is about encouraging and providing opportunities for children to “read for pleasure” rather than a focus on “teaching reading” or reading instruction. 

Visit your local library during the summer holidays to sign up – the sooner you go, the longer children will have to read six books! Launch date is 13th July and runs until 14th September. 

Library officers will register children for the Challenge and give them some fun materials to get them started.  Children can also complete the challenge using Cornwall Libraries free eResources and download books to read via the BorrowBox app. 

In addition, children can also join in the fun online! Enter competitions, games and reading clubs on the summer reading challenge website.