Hertfordshire on course to beat Summer Reading Challenge record

Published: 13 Aug 2018

If you’re looking for something to keep the kids busy over the next few weeks of the summer holidays, why not get involved in the Summer Reading Challenge.  So far more than 15,000 children have signed up at their local library, which means we are on track to beat last year’s record of more than 20,000 sign-ups.

The theme of this year’s challenge is ’Mischief Makers’ to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the much-loved Beano comic. The idea is simple. Children taking part need to read six library books over the summer and return to the library to tell our staff and volunteers all about them.


As part of this year’s challenge, children will use a map of Beanotown to search for a mysterious buried treasure. For each book that they report back on, they’ll collect smelly stickers that provide clues to the treasure’s location. Dennis and Gnasher will be on hand to help them solve these clues, along with their friends Pie Face, Rubi and JJ!


Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Education, Libraries and Localism, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge offers a wonderful opportunity for children to discover a love of reading and develop a lifelong passion for great storytelling.


“It’s important for a child’s learning that they continue reading even when they’re off school, and libraries are a great space for them to spend some of their free time during the break.”


Every child who finishes their six books by Saturday 8th September will be crowned mischief makers themselves, and receive both a medal and a certificate. They’ll also have the chance to win a ticket to a special Mega Mischief Makers Mash-Up author event during November half-term!


The challenge is fun and free to take part in – All children need to do is visit their local library to collect a starter pack, while stocks last, and complete their six books before 8th September.  They can also visit www.mischief-makers.org.uk for more activities and games.


For more details, visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/libraries, call 0300 123 4049, or drop into your local library.