The Summer Reading Challenge 2018


This year's Summer Reading Challenge is Mischief Makers; celebrating the 80th anniversary of the much-loved comic, Beano.

From Saturday 14th July, your child can help Dennis, Gnasher and friends explore Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure - with tons of fun along the way!

It's totally free and to get started all your child has to do is sign up at your local Better Library. They will be given a collector poster to keep record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.

The Challenge

Children are encouraged to read at least six library books. They can be any books they like - novels, fact books, joke books, e-books or audio books, they all count. Library staff and volunteers are on hand to help children choose books they will really enjoy.

As they read their books, each child will recieve special stickers to complete their poster. Once they have collected all the stickers they will be able to find the buried treasure and become top mischief makers!


Fun for all the Family


The Challenge is a great time to share and talk about books as a family. Sitting down with a book, newspaper or magazine sets a good example to kids - they will copy you. Children enjoy taking part and many teachers will tell us that they return to school with a new enthusiasm and confidence for reading.

While your children are choosing their books for Mischief Makers, it's a great chance for you to discover the full range of what's on offer at the library.

From reading groups to computer access, it's your library, so let us help you make the most of it!

More fun for Mischief Makers

Don't forget, Mischief Makers has a dedicated website for children taking part in the Challenge. Visit

As well as keeping track of their progress online, kids can have all kinds of fun here! There are games and competitions, children can send messages and even find out what to read next using the Book Sorter.


Involving Everyone


At the heart of the Challenge is children choosing and sharing books - in any format - that they like. If your child is vision impaired or finds printed books tricky, our libraries will be able to help suggest alternatives. The free RNIB Library (which covers braille, giant print and Talking Books) can be used for the Summer Reading Challenge and throughout the year, and our libraries can help you with this.

Library services are increasingly aware of the needs of children with autism and some libraries run dedicated Autism Friendly sessions.