Get cosy with the Winter Reading Challenge

The Winter Reading Challenge is a great way to share stories and encourage reading for pleasure. Sign-up online and read or listen to any four books. Watch this video to find out more and see how you can take part!

Sign up to the Winter Reading Challenge

Read or listen to any four books by Saturday 26 February to complete the challenge. This can include books you read or listen to together, bedtime stories, non-fiction books, ebooks and audiobooks. Every time you finish reading a book, fill in your personal Winter Reading Challenge reading record. Tell us how many books you’ve read, what the books are called and who they are by. If you want, you can let us know how much you like them too.

Once you have read your first few books, pop into your local library to receive your Winter Reading Challenge collector card and first stickers. At the end of the challenge, visit again to receive your final stickers and finisher’s certificate. You will also receive digital certificates, to print at home, when you log the books you’ve read on our website.

Your Winter Reading Challenge reading record 

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The challenge is suitable for everyone, and we look forward to you joining us in reading or sharing four books of your choice. This could be picture books, fiction books, information books, audiobooks and even comics!

You’ll find thousands of children’s ebooks and audiobooks free to download using our BorrowBox service with lots of titles always available without a wait. You’ll find links to some of our recommendations on this webpage and information about downloading ebooks and audiobooks.

You can also use our new Ready Reads: We Select You Collect service to borrow books. Library staff will regularly handpick a selection of books for you to collect from the entrance of your local library. You can choose how often and how many books you’d like.

If you’re not already a member of Hampshire Libraries, you can join the library to take part. There’s a special video to show you how to join the Winter Reading Challenge.

This year’s Winter Reading Challenge is all about getting cosy together to share the love of reading.

We hope that you enjoy taking part and always welcome donations to help support our library activities.