Celebrating all things silly with Summer Reading Challenge return


The Summer Reading Challenge is back in Cardiff Hubs and Libraries this summer with a focus on fun, fun, fun!


Now in the 21styear of encouraging four to 11 year-olds to enjoy reading six books during the school summer holidays, this year's theme is the Silly Squad celebrating funny books, happiness and laughter and featuring an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck in to all different kinds of amusing titles!


Presented by The Reading Agency and delivered by public libraries and hubs across the country, the challenge's popularity grows in Cardiff year on year and last year more than 6,500 children took part in the challenge, which seeks to motivate youngsters to maintain their literacy skills outside of school and avoid a summer ‘dip'.


This year's challenge will be different to previous years as hubs and libraries across the city continue to reopen in a phased recovery of services following the lockdown measures.  Young library members can still borrow books, using the click and collect library service available at a number of hubs and libraries or by taking advantage of the wealth of digital resources, including e-books, e-audiobooks  and e-comics available in the online catalogue.


While the service won't be able to host the hundreds of fun Summer Reading Challenge events and activities in hubs and libraries usually delivered every year, lots of fun activities will be available on the Council's website at the challenge's website



Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: "Children in Cardiff have a fantastic time completing the Summer Reading Challenge every year and we want this year to be no different. Perhaps more than ever before, because of the circumstances of the last few months when schools have been closed and children have been at home for so long, it's important that we encourage children to read, not only to boost their skills but for the positive impact reading can have on their confidence and mental health.


"We have obviously had to adapt some aspects of the challenge this year but its essence remains the same - read and enjoy six books of your choice over the summer and collect a certificate and medal at the end of the challenge.


"Children can choose books they have at home, a comic they buy in the supermarket or maybe try our digital resources for the first time. Apps such as Borrowbox and RB Digital are free to download and have thousands of titles that children can enjoy on a device they have at home.


"Once again, we want to see more and more Cardiff children signing up to this year's challenge which promises plenty of fun, laughter and a focus on happiness this summer."


Children can sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge directly at collect a host of virtual prizes and a certificate or

by calling the Council's Library line on 029 2087 1071 or by completing the form here who sign up via Cardiff Hubs and Libraries will receive a collector's card and a medal and certificate at the end of the challenge.



A selection of books can be ordered via the click and collect library service by calling 029 2087 1071 or by visiting


Children who are not already members of the library service can sign up online here



For more information on the Summer Reading Challenge,