Keep children reading all summer long with free reading challenge in Leeds

Keep children reading all summer long with free reading challenge in Leeds

Young book lovers in Leeds are being challenged to make some fascinating scientific discoveries at their local library this summer!

Leeds Libraries’ free Summer Reading Challenge is calling on youngsters to find out more about the world around them by reading six or more from a collection of science-themed story books and factual books, over the summer break.

Children can sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge for free at any local library in Leeds from Saturday 9 July, or online at

All of the libraries in Leeds have a children’s section which offers a wide range of science-themed fiction, picture books and factual books for children of all ages and abilities.

By taking part in the challenge, children will be guided by the Gadgeteers: six science-mad characters who will help young readers to discover more about the technology and innovation behind the world around them. The website also includes games, activities and a reading club. Every child that completes the challenge will be awarded a certificate and a gold medal. The Challenge encourages children aged four to 11 to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the summer holidays, providing lots of fun as well as helping to prevent the summer reading ‘dip’.

Farrah with new library card

Children don’t have to be library members already but the Summer Reading Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for parents to register their families for all the benefits of free library membership. All children who join will receive a new members’ pack including stickers and a new-look library card with a colourful design by illustrator Nick Sharratt.

Leeds Story Bus

Being a member of the library can open up a whole exciting world of books for children and can inspire a lifetime of reading and learning. As well as borrowing books to read, we also have a full programme of storytelling events for younger children, including Ready Steady Readers, and our Story Buses Nelly and Sam are always out and about across the city, parking up for a story time session. And all this is absolutely free.

For more family-friendly events in Leeds libraries, go to or follow @leedslibraries on Twitter


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