Summer Reading Challenge

The 2023 Summer Reading Challenge is here – Ready, Set, Read!

Teaming up with Youth Sport Trust, this year’s theme is all about encouraging children to unleash the power of play, sport and physical activity through reading.


Summer Reading Challenge 2023 - Ready, Set, Read! - Presented by The Reading Agency. Delivered in partnership with libraries


With free rewards to collect and plenty of brilliant books to enjoy, the Challenge is the perfect summer activity to keep young minds and bodies active over the holidays.

Everything you need to know!

Ready, Set, Read! will launch in all our libraries on Saturday 8 July 2023 and run until Saturday 2 September 2023.

It is open to ALL children, completely free of charge. Simply visit your local library to get started. This year you can challenge yourself and set your own goals for reading, or you can stick with the standard six books – it’s entirely up to you! 

What books do we need to read?

Children can read ANY book of their choice; fiction, non-fiction, picture books or books they share with parents and carers, they can also listen to audiobooks, they all count! Very young children can pick up a special prize when they’ve completed their challenge too.

Keep up to date with this year's challenge and all the other summer fun on offer in our libraries by following us on social media, @SouthamptonCityLibraries on Facebook and @SotonLibraries on Twitter.

Also don't miss our launch event at Central Library where local author and illustrator, Margaret Sturton, will be sharing her new book, Oscar's Story