Family Matters Magazine for Parent in West Kent

Summer Reading Challenge 2017

Every year, thousands of families all over the country take part in the UK's biggest reading event for children in libraries, the Summer Reading Challenge, run by the charity The Reading Agency.

The aim of the challenge is to get children to read any six books of their choice from their library during the summer holidays.

Every year there's a different theme; this year it's Animal Agents, illustrated by the UK's best-selling children's illustrator Tony Ross.

Enrolling your child

The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged four to eleven. It is run in almost all libraries in the UK and it is completely free.

Go to your local library during the summer holidays – the sooner you go the longer your child will have to read six books. Staff will enrol your child and give them some fun materials to get them started on the Challenge.

You can go to any UK library running the Summer Reading Challenge and you don't have to keep going to the same library. So if you are on holiday in the UK your child should still be able to keep up with the Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge website

The Summer Reading Challenge website allows your child to log the books they have read during the summer – and beyond. They can also find new books to read, recommended by other children, watch exclusive author videos, take part in competitions and play games.

Please note: as the Summer Reading Challenge is a library-based scheme, children must enrol in the Challenge at a UK library to be eligible for any rewards.

Your child's safety

Your child's online safety is paramount to us.

When children register, we ask them to give us an email address; this is never passed on to third parties. We use this email address to enable children who have forgotten their username and/or password to access the site again. For children who enter a competition, we will use it to let them know if they have won a prize.

We encourage children to send us messages to tell us how they're getting on with the Summer Reading Challenge. All messages sent to us go directly to our moderator, and nothing is displayed on the site that breaks the rules of our strict code of conduct.

Children cannot message each other independently – they can only send messages via our website (and through our moderator).

When children register on our site, they are given a fun username and can select an avatar. When they visit the site they log-in using this username and their chosen password. We never use children's real names or allow messages with real names to be posted on our site. Similarly any personal information such as addresses and phone numbers are never displayed. Messages containing any personal information will be blocked or edited by our moderators.

If you have any other questions regarding safety and your child on the Summer Reading Challenge website, please email us direct:

The younger collection (ages 4-7)

The younger collection features a wonderful range of books, from the heart-warming Can I Join Your Club?, to the fascinating Prehistoric Actual Size. Emerging readers will enjoy Quentin Blake's The Story of the Dancing Frog, from dyslexia-friendly publisher Barrington Stoke, as well as the delightful new tale Mercy and the Hippo from Lauren St John and Nila Aye.

The younger collection includes plenty of picture books for the youngest participants - The New LiBEARian by author Alison Donald and illustrator Alex Willmore appears alongside How to Find Gold by the award-winning Viviane Schwarz, and Welcome - the latest title from Barroux.

Fans of puzzles and games will love Where's the Baboon? and Find Your Way: Under the Sea, while young fact-finders will enjoy Sea Otters from the DK Readers series. Naturally the Animal Agents collection wouldn›t be complete without an appearance from Challenge illustrator Tony Ross; the younger list features a collaboration with Jeanne Willis, the picture book Boa's Bad Birthday, alongside a new title written by Michael Rosen, Barking for Bagels.

The older collection (ages 8-11)

The older collection introduces readers to brilliant new voices in children's fiction including Jane Kerr, author of The Elephant Thief; Mark Powers, author of Spy Toys; and Melissa Savage, author of Bigfoot, Tobin and Me. Mysteries abound in The Ministry of Strange, Unusual and Impossible Things, the debut novel from Paul Gamble, and in Rose Raventhorpe Investigates: Black Cats and Butlers, by new author Janine Beecham. The list also features new books from comedians Nick Mohammed - The Young Magicians and the Thieves' Almanac - and Adrian Edmondson, author of Tilly and the Time Machine, guaranteeing plenty of fun for young readers this summer.

The older collection includes a great mix of writers with titles from favourites Meg Rosoff - Good Dog McTavish - and Guy Bass - Aiden Abet Teacher's Pet; Spynosaur. Readers of graphic novels will enjoy Dave Shelton's Good Dog Bad Dog: Double Identity, while Lesser Spotted Animals by Martin Brown and Real or Fake? from National Geographic are sure to amuse and amaze fans of non-fiction books.