Manchester City Council

The Council & democracy News - July issue

Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Summer’s here and it’s time for the return of the much-loved Summer Reading Challenge, which sees children gain rewards as they check out books to read from their local libraries.

Delivered in association with The Reading Agency, the Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest annual reading promotion for children. This year’s theme is Mischief Makers, based on popular characters from The Beano. If you’re aged 4–11 and want to be part of the mischief created by Dennis and Gnasher, Walter Brown, Rubi, Pieface and the rest of the Beano gang, ask at your local library and join the Challenge – for free.

All children who take on the Challenge will receive a special pack and incentives along the way, and will also be entered into a fantastic prize draw. Those who complete the Challenge by reading six library books could be in with a chance to win a bike, and there will be goody bag winners at every Manchester library. There’s also a separate mini-challenge for under-4s.

Last year, 11,000 children took part, and once again the Challenge will be accompanied by 220 craft and activity events in libraries, ranging in theme from mini-beasts to virtual reality.

Schools can join in too, and the schools with the highest proportion of children completing the Challenge have the chance to win a day-long author visit in school.

Activities will be taking place in Manchester’s libraries during the summer holidays. For a full list of what's on, go to

Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, said: “We love encouraging children to join the Summer Reading Challenge in Manchester, and our libraries are hosting hundreds of activities to make sure that as many of our young people as possible get involved.

“Getting the reading bug at the earliest possible age is incredibly beneficial, so visit your library this summer to take part in all the fun on offer, and most importantly – enjoy the mischief!”

Summer Reading Challenge activities are supported by Read Manchester, a campaign from Manchester City Council and The National Literacy Trust to promote reading for pleasure and boost literacy. Working with schools, community groups, libraries, businesses and residents, the campaign raises the profile of reading to help improve the life chances and happiness of children and young people in the city.

This year, Read Manchester is supporting the citywide Bee in the City art trail. Pick up a Bee a Reader challenge leaflet to find out about other ideas for getting involved in reading. The Bee a Reader challenge is available through libraries and at

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