Children in the Wakefield district are being encouraged to participate in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, a program aimed at fostering a love for reading during the summer break. The initiative recognises that children’s reading habits often decline during the holidays when they lack regular access to books.

Open to children aged between 4 and 11 years old, the challenge requires them to read six library books over the summer period. By completing this task, they can earn exciting prizes, a certificate, and a special medal.

Running throughout the summer holidays, children can sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge free of charge at any district library. In addition to borrowing books, participants can attend various events and receive free incentives and rewards as part of the program.

Councillor Michelle Collins, the Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, expressed her enthusiasm for the initiative, stating, “Our libraries are once again offering everyone a summer of free family fun, and I’d encourage all families to visit their local library. With no fines and no ID required for registration, it’s a fantastic opportunity to engage with the challenge and support your child’s reading development.”

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge revolves around the theme of staying active, with characters brought to life by children’s author and illustrator Loretta Schauer. Participants will embark on a fictional summer obstacle course, tracking their reading progress along the way and receiving free incentives, including stickers. The challenge aims to introduce young readers to new material, enhance their skills, and foster the discovery of new interests.

To find a list of Wakefield district libraries, interested individuals can visit the following link:

For information about the free summer activities available across all libraries, please visit