This summer we're excited to introduce Gadgeteers, Summer Reading Challenge 2022; a celebration of science and innovation, in partnership with the Science Museum Group. It's hoped that this year's challenge will spark children's curiosity about the world around them. The Challenge is brought to life by the amazing illustrations of Julian Beresford.

Message from The Reading Agency

Children's reading can 'dip' during the long summer holidays if they do not have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure; this can be a problem for schools to put right in the new term. The disruption of education for pupils caused by Covid-19 will make this challenge even greater.

The Reading Agency’s annual Summer Reading Challenge really helps by getting over 700,000 children regularly into libraries over the summer, with thousands more taking part online.

There is no other free reading activity that involves so many children, introduces families to their library, encourages children to choose books freely and independently and is endorsed by parents, teachers and the Department for Education.

Each year the Challenge, delivered with the support of public libraries, motivates over 700,000 children to keep reading to build their skills and confidence.

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place during the summer holidays and Milton Keynes Libraries are running the challenge from 22 July until the 10 September.

You can sign up at your local library from Friday 22 July 2022 and read any books of your choice to collect special stickers and other rewards along the way – all for FREE (while stocks last). There's a digital platform too, so the fun can carry on at home!

Download and print some Gadgeteers activities to do at home:

We have recruited many young volunteers to help us over the summer and hope you'll take time to chat with them about the books you've read.

We hope you'll enjoy choosing your books and complete the challenge by reading and recording six books before the closing date of 10 September 2022.

Remember - this is reading for fun and you can read whatever you like and however you'd like - whether it's fiction, fact books, poetry, joke books, picture books, graphic novels, audiobooks or eBooks.

Illustrations by Julian Beresford and © The Reading Agency 2022

Milton Keynes Libraries contact information

Milton Keynes Central Library, 555 Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 3HL