Ready, Set, Read!’ Cardiff’s Summer Reading Challenge starts this July


The Summer Reading Challenge is back - this year themed around the power of play, sport, games and physical activity with lots of free activities for families.


This summer holiday, children aged four to 11 are being encouraged to join a superstar team and their marvellous mascots, characters brought to life by children's author and illustrator Loretta Schauer.


The ‘Summer Reading Challenge 2023: Ready, Set, Read!' is part of a fun-packed summer of activities and events in Cardiff libraries and hubs where young readers will navigate a fictional summer obstacle course and track their reading as they go, rewarded by free incentives including stickers along the way.


Through activity challenge cards from the Youth Sport Trust, and an exciting, themed book collection, the Summer Reading Challenge aims to keep imaginations moving over the school holiday.  By participating in the challenge young people will have the opportunity to explore new reading material, develop skills, and discover new interests.


Hubs and libraries across the city will be launching this year's Summer Reading Challenge, which is presented by The Reading Agency and delivered by public libraries and hubs across the country every year, on Saturday July 8 with lots of fun activities. Visit to find out what's on. 


Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: "The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to help get children reading, imagining, and staying active this summer. This is also a fantastic opportunity for parents, carers and families to get involved and share a much-loved past time, which keeps children's literacy levels up even when they aren't in school and introduces them to the excellent hubs and library facilities that we have on offer.


"More than 3,800 children took part in the challenge last year and we want to keep the numbers growing year on year, so please get involved and have a wonderful summer of reading and learning about play, sport, games and physical activity"


After signing up, children will collect their core pack. With each book they read they will get a new prize. This year they will be getting a glow in the dark bookmark, seed pencil, stickers and whistle. Everyone who completes the challenge will also receive a medal and certificate.


It's easy to sign up, just pop into your local library or hub or sign up online here: