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Alesha with mascot Dynamo the DogThe Ready, Set, Read! Summer Reading Challenge starts on Saturday 15th July and finishes on Saturday 9th September.

Children can earn rewards for reading library books through the summer, as well as completing a fun activity pack with scratch and sniff stickers.

If they read six books, they’ll get a certificate, another six will earn them a glow-in-the-dark bookmark, and reading a further six books rewards them with a medal.

All children are welcome to join the Summer Reading Challenge free at any library, including the mobile library, from Saturday 15th July. They will receive a pack with everything they need to get started.

Children can also take part in the challenge online through the official Reading Agency Summer Reading Challenge site.

If your child doesn’t have their own library card they can join for free at any library during staffed hours, or online.

How do I sign up?

Ollie with mascot Blaze the phoenixUse your library card to sign up for the challenge by visiting your local library

You can read any kind of library book - picture books, story books, joke books, poetry books, non-fiction books or audio books.
If your child knows what books they'd like to read, they can request them for free using their library card and PIN on the online catalogue, Arena; or using the Bedford Borough Libraries app; or staff can help them.

Have fun and enjoy the Ready, Set, Read! Summer Reading Challenge!

Ummm - I'm not sure what to read...

No problem! We have lots of ideas and suggestions!
If you are looking for inspiration just follow the links below for recommended reads - don't forget reading magazines and comics counts too!

Plus do not forget about our online services:

  • Libby - borrow and download e-books, audiobooks and magazines
  • BorrowBox - borrow and download audioboks
  • PressReader - read newspapers and magazines online


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Page last updated: 1st July 2023