Lift-off for Summer Reading Challenge

Lift-off is on the horizon for Somerset’s young readers who are being challenged to go to the moon and beyond by Somerset Libraries this summer.

Space Chase is the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge 2019 where  youngsters sign up to read six books over their summer holidays in return for futuristic rewards.

Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries at Somerset County Council said : “The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to inspire children to read – and I am sure that the space theme will fire their imaginations. This year’s theme is inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and the challenge invites primary school aged children to borrow and read six library books over the summer. Visit your local library from 13 July to sign up and get on board!”

Children will team up with futuristic family The Rockets for an exciting space mission as they track down books nabbed by a mischievous band of aliens. As children read library books for the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells.

By adding these stickers to their collectable mission folders, young readers will help the Rockets solve clues, dodge asteroids and discover the missing books, having lots of fun and adventures along the way. And when children complete the challenge they’ll receive a medal for reading all six books.

Children just need to do is sign up at their nearest library, where they will be given bookmark to start their Summer Reading Challenge journey.

Space Chase launches in libraries across Somerset Libraries on 13 July and runs until 7 September

There’s a whole programme of events and activities planned at Somerset libraries for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge, including LEGO days, 3D printing, virtual reality, Storytimes, treasure hunts and much, much more. Just contact your local library or go to  to find out how to take part.


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Notes to editors

  • The Summer Reading Challenge engages thousands of children in reading over the long school holidays and gives local communities the opportunity to be part of a national programme that inspires others to read.
  • The Reading Agency is the leading charity inspiring people of all ages and all backgrounds to read for pleasure and empowerment. Working with our partners, our aim is to make reading accessible to everyone. The Reading Agency is funded by the Arts Council.

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