Summer Reading Challenge

Ready, Set, Read! Can you read six books throughout the school summer holidays? Take part in this year's summer reading challenge with East Riding Libraries.

Ready, set, read!

Get ready to take part in the UK’s biggest free reading programme for children!

This annual challenge encourages children aged 4-11 to keep reading during the summer holidays. Reading skills can ‘dip’ during the long summer break without regular access to books and the encouragement to read for pleasure. We are ready to tackle this by motivating them to visit their library and keep reading during the holidays, maintaining their skills in preparation for the new school term.

The 2023 challenge

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is all about games and sports, delivered in partnership with the Youth Sports Trust.

Ready, Set, Read! will showcase how reading can be active and involved as well as encouraging children to engage in games and sports in any way that best suits them. Join the fictional team (and their animal mascots) as they use their skills to weave their way through a summer obstacle course.

Alongside The Challenge we have a super programme of events and activities including epic storytelling, travelling theatre, Lego events and more... Keep your eyes peeled for more information on this coming soon.

How to take part

Register to take part at your local library from 8 July 2023, collect your FREE poster, stickers and incentives and get reading…

Don’t forget to let us know how you are getting on throughout the holidays and visit us at the end of summer to collect your finisher’s certificate and medal!

Find your nearest Library

Mini-challenge for mini readers!

Get set to develop some super reading habits with your little ones this summer with Summer Reading Challenge 2023, Ready, Set, Read! Mini Challenge, created especially for pre-schoolers.

Register at your local East Riding Library from Saturday 8th July to get your collector card, read with your child throughout the holidays and visit the library each week to collect 6 spectacular stickers.

Once you have completed your card your little superstar will get their very own shiny medal sticker!

You can also help them to develop their love of reading by joining our Ready, Set, Read! Storytimes. Check back for more information soon.

Summer Reading Challenge Events

Coming soon!

Activity sheets to download

Download and print these themed activity sheets from The Reading Agency to keep your brain active over summer!


Activity Challenge Cards

Bringing our superstar team to life, this set of six amazing activity challenge cards have been created by our creative partner for 2023, the Youth Sport Trust. Use these cards to practice your skills and keep your body & mind active this summer!


Children's Festival of Words

Young readers will be able to talk to our authors, take part in creative crafts and learn fantastic facts! Book your tickets online.