The 2023 Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to get ‘Ready, Set, Read!’

Hampshire's children are in for an exciting summer of reading and fun activities as Hampshire County Council’s Libraries Service launches its hugely popular annual Summer Reading Challenge on Saturday 15 July

Jul 7 2023

Illustration of six cartoon children in sportswear with information about the summer reading challenge 2023
This year's sports theme ‘Ready, Set, Read!’ celebrates the excitement of sports and games, and aims to promote healthy habits as well as a love of reading. The challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six books over the summer holidays and take part in fun activities that promote physical and mental wellbeing. 

Hampshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Steve Forster, said: "We are delighted to launch this year's Summer Reading Challenge with the theme 'Ready, Set, Read!’ This year’s theme will encourage children to develop a passion for reading as well as playing and physical activity and, in doing so, enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Last year 10,270 local children took part – this year, we’re hoping for even more!" 

The Summer Reading Challenge is a national initiative that takes place each year in libraries across the UK. In Hampshire the challenge runs from Saturday 15 July until Saturday 16 September 2023. 

Once they have signed up for the challenge and started reading, children can collect stickers to add to their special Summer Reading Challenge collector card. All children who sign up to take part will be entered into a prize draw to win a Samsung Galaxy tablet and those who complete the challenge will also receive a certificate and a sustainable medal made of carved wood.

Throughout the school holidays libraries will also be working with Commotion Dance and The Spring to offer fun, free interactive storytelling sessions across the county. For more information about the range of regular activities and to book onto one of the summer events visit the libraries events website

More information about the Summer Reading Challenge and how to sign-up is available at library branches and on the Hampshire Libraries website.