Summer Reading Challenge

We're absolutely delighted to announce the theme for the 2022 Summer Reading Challenge.

Introducing 'Gadgeteers' 

Summer Reading Challenge 2021

Science is all around you!

This year's Summer Reading Challenge, 'Gadgeteers', is all about science and innovation. Developed in partnership with the Science Museum Group, the Challenge will inspire children to use their curiosity and creativity to discover the science behind the everyday, and celebrates the role of the imagination in both reading and the sciences.

Through the Challenge, children will meet our six fictional characters, the Gadgeteers, brought to life by top children's writer and illustrator, Julian Beresford.
The Gadgeteers are six young friends who love hanging out at their local community centre, and are planning a party. They all enjoy creating new inventions and working together to solve problems! Using their imagination and curiosity, the Gadgeteers will come up with innovative ways to get everything ready for the summer party. This setting will allow children to explore the science behind a range of interests, from fashion and technology to cooking and music.

Over the summer term, the Science Museum Group will be offering opportunities and resources for UK public libraries and primary schools to engage with the theme of this year's Summer Reading Challenge and to spark children's imaginations.

The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all primary school aged children and is designed for all reading abilities. Children can read whatever they like - comic books, fact books, joke books, picture books - just as long as they are borrowed from the library.  Children receive special rewards each time they finish a book and there's a certificate and medal for everyone who completes the Challenge.

Find out more about this year's Challenge or sign up to take part online on the Summer Reading Challenge website


How to take part in 'Gadgeteers'

Who can take part? The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all primary school-aged children. It is a flexible programme that is designed for all levels of ability.

Available in all West Lothian Libraries and online on the Summer Reading Challenge website from Saturday 25th June 2022.

How to take part? 

In the Library (while stocks last):

1. Visit your local library and sign up to the Challenge for free and receive your Gadgeteers core pack poster.
2. Set a personal reading goal for the summer (we recommend six books).
3. Borrow and read books, eBooks and audiobooks of your choice. You can read anything you like: fiction, fact books, poetry, joke books, picture books, graphic novels, audiobooks...
4. Collect special incentives from the library each time you finish a book.
5. Receive a certificate and/or medal for taking part, or for reaching their Challenge goal.

In addition, our libraries will host a wide variety of events and activities for families to enjoy throughout the summer. For more information please check your local library's webpage: 


1. Sign up on the Summer Reading Challenge website
2. Set a personal reading goal for the summer.
3. Receive book recommendations and tips for accessing books for free at home.
4. Each time you finish a book, add it to your online profile and leave a review. You will unlock digital badges and online rewards along the way.
5. Unlock a certificate for reaching your Challenge goal.

You can also play games, enter competitions, share book recommendations, download activities and more on our free, safe, moderated platform.

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Summer Reading Challenge activities in your local library


About the Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK's biggest free reading for pleasure programme for children. Taking place annually, the Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to keep reading during the summer holidays.

Children's reading can 'dip' during the long summer holidays if they don't have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure. This can be a problem for schools to put right in the new term. The Summer Reading Challenge helps by regularly reaching over 700,000 children each year, motivating them to visit the library and keep reading during the holidays, and in turn helping them to maintain their reading skills and confidence.


About The Reading Agency

At The Reading Agency, we tackle life's big challenges through the proven power of reading. In 2020-21, The Reading Agency reached over 1.9 million people across the UK, including more than 900,000 children and over 900,000 adults and young people.


About the Science Museum Group

The Science Museum Group is the world's leading alliance of science museums, welcoming over five million visitors each year to five sites: the Science Museum in London; the National Railway Museum in York; the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester; the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford; and Locomotion in Shildon. We share the stories of innovations and people that shaped our world and are transforming our futures, constantly reinterpreting our astonishingly diverse collection of 7.3 million items spanning science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. Standout objects include the record-breaking locomotive Flying Scotsman, Richard Arkwright's textile machinery, Alan Turing's Pilot ACE computer and the equipment used by John Logie Baird to transmit the first ever television pictures. Our mission is to inspire futures - igniting curiosity among people of all ages and backgrounds.

Each year, our museums attract more than 600,000 visits by education groups, while our touring exhibition programme and websites bring our creativity and scholarship to audiences across the globe. Visit The Science Museum Group to learn more.


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