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Holly’s Summer Reading Challenge!

On Saturday, the annual Summer Reading Challenge was launched in libraries throughout the UK. Run by the Reading Agency, and with 97% of libraries taking part, the idea is to challenge children to read six or more library books throughout the summer break.

Holly and I went to the central library in Oxford to check out what was happening. We’d just missed the official launch but there were loads of children excitedly grabbing all the gear to record their reading journey on – a special chart to attach stickers onto as they progress, plus a fun door hanger, presumably to fend off interfering parents when the kids have their noses in their books.

I am sure we will be reporting on Holly’s journey over the next six weeks, but she wanted to write an introduction to what she had chosen. So… over to Holly!


This year, like every year, I am doing the Reading Challenge for children. It begins on Sunday 14th July and what you have to do is go to the library and choose six books. When you have chosen your six books you go to the library desk and fill in a form and collect a chart. When you have finished a book, you take it back in and eventually you finish reading all the six books and come in to collect your certificate and medal. This happens every year in England.

These are the books I have chosen:

School Friends: Dreams at Silver Spires, by Anne Bryant

Ruby Holler, by Sharon Creech,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU02_.jpg


The Stolen Lake, by Joan Aiken


Molly Moon and the Morphing Mystery, by Georgia Byng


Bad Cat Good Cat, by Lynne Reid Banks and Tony Ross


Doctor Doom: Oli and Skipjack’s Tales of Trouble, by Ceci Jenkinson,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU02_.jpg

Are you doing the Summer Reading Challenge? We would love to hear what books you’ve chosen!



Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

6 thoughts on “Holly’s Summer Reading Challenge!

  1. This sounds so fun!! It would be awesome for libraries to do that here in the US 🙂

    Also, I was wondering, do you have any advice on getting more followers? I”m not sure if I”m doing something wrong, since I only have around 3 and I think 5 email subscribers, but I have around 2100 views… any advice?


    1. Hi Jess,
      I am not really sure what to do. I link my blog to my Facebook account and Twitter account. Also, I follow other blogs and comment on them, which you do too! I think it’s just a matter of time – how long have you been blogging for?


      1. Since this May, so not that long. I just started a twitter account, I didn’t have one before 🙂 I don’t mean to sound impatient, and really it’s not that important, it’s fun to just be able to think about ideas about children’s literature, and here other’s wonderful ideas too, but I just thought I would ask in case. Thanks for your response!!


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