On your marks for ‘Ready, Set, Read’ - this year’s Summer Reading Challenge at Solihull Libraries


Children aged 4-12 can collect stickers and win fantastic prizes by taking part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge which is running at all 14 of Solihull’s libraries.

The Reading Agency has partnered with the Youth Sport Trust for this year’s theme – Ready, Set, Read! – encouraging children to experience the thrill of sports and the power of teamwork through reading.

Joining the challenge is easy – children can register at any time and take part at any Solihull Library. They then just need to read six books over the summer holidays and visit the same library each time. If children meet the challenge, they will earn themselves a certificate, a medal and a free family swim at either of the Everyone Active leisure centres in Solihull.

But that’s not all! Everyone who completes the challenge can enter a free prize draw for a chance to win a £15 gift card for the Entertainer, a £20 gift card for Waterstones or £30 to spend in Touchwood. They could even win a family ticket to a family film at The Core.

Cllr Wazma Qais, Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Leisure, said: “Year on year, the Summer Reading Challenge helps to keep children motivated with their reading over the school summer holidays. For anyone needing proof, I’m thrilled that we have some fantastic videos of some of our local children who have enjoyed taking part which we will be sharing over the coming weeks!

“The theme for this summer is Ready, Set, Read with sport and activity at its heart. So along with the usual certificates, medals and stickers – available at all 14 of our libraries - we’re also offering a free prize draw and family swim to children who complete the challenge.

“I really hope that families will get involved in the challenge. The support we provide for children and families continues to be the Council’s top priority for improvement. We place children and young people at the heart of all we do so that they can achieve their potential and lead fulfilling lives. Reading is the bedrock of that journey.”


Follow Solihull Council’s social media accounts to see local children enthuse about the Summer Reading Challenge at Solihull Libraries.

It’s free to join the library, and free to take part in Ready, Set, Read with lots of fun activities in libraries across the summer – take a look at https://www.solihull.gov.uk/Library-Events for details.

Visit the Summer Reading Challenge website (https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/) for lots of games and competitions, together with the Book Sorter where children can write reviews and get suggestions for new books to try.