Taking the summer reading challenge

Summer Reading Challenge

When I went to the library I spotted their flyers for this summer’s reading challenge for children and I had a flood of happy memories.  Memories of school holidays as a parent, with regular library visits throughout the summer, with an avid reader aiming to achieve the summer’s reading challenge.  I had a casual chat with the librarian and he gave me one of the flyers for the Mischief Makers summer reading challenge 2018, for children 4-11 years, celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Beano comic.


“Children taking part in the Challenge this year will follow clues to explore their colourful collector’s map of Beanotown; meeting Dennis, Gnasher and friends along the way. As children read library books, they will collect special stickers to help them find the mysterious buried treasure! Mischief Makers will celebrate adventure, friendship, reading and fun and is a must for all children who want to live in the moment and be themselves.”  From the Reading Agency website.

Mini Challenge

The librarian knows that I have a young granddaughter and explained that the Reading Agency have also introduced a mini challenge for pre-school children to complete.  The mini challenge for pre-school children is suitable for children aged three years and under and aims to encourage families with younger children to regularly borrow and read books over summer.

Enrolling your grandchild

Usually, I borrow books for Daisy on my library card.  Now Daisy is enrolled at the library on my account and now she is taking part in the Mischief Makers Mini challenge.  I know it will be a success with Daisy.  The mini challenge involves visits to the library, sharing stories together and collecting a sticker each time we visit the library.  The large bright stickers are bound to be popular with Daisy.  She loves any stickers!  She has her first sticker and we have to collect six stickers to complete the mini challenge.


We live near two local libraries and linked to the reading challenge, they have a variety of activities and events taking place during the summer for children with their parents, grandparents and carers.  Meanwhile, Daisy has some reading challenge linked pictures to ‘colour’ in.

Reading materials and activities for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge, themed Mischief Makers and produced in association with the Beano comic magazine

The reading challenge is taking place in libraries around the country so you could join in wherever you live.

And it’s all free.

Granny Smith says

Enrolling Daisy at the library took a moment and at our local library she also received a couple of hand sized paperback books for her to keep.

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