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‘Marvellous Makers’ in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge

This summer at Cheshire West and Chester Council’s libraries, children under 12 can join in the Summer Reading Challenge – this year called ‘Marvellous Makers’.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to enjoy reading, in all formats, over the summer holidays. Whether it be a book from the library or an eBook or eAudiobook from our digital collection, there's something to suit everyone’s interests and reading abilities.

From animal handling to digital crafts, dance and science, the Marvellous Makers Summer Reading Challenge events will provide plenty of opportunities for children to explore their imagination and unlock their inner maker through the power of reading.

Developed in collaboration with the charity Create, this year's Challenge celebrates children's creativity and storytelling abilities.

Children from four to 12 can join Marvellous Makers at their local library or online at: 


...from “Sign-Up Saturday”, Saturday 6 July, and get a collector’s pack.

The aim of the challenge is for children to read at least six books over the summer, visiting libraries to join the Challenge.  There will be a certificate and a medal for those who complete the Challenge.  Children under four can join in the fun too with the Mini Challenge.  

Adults and those over 12 are not forgotten either. With the Adults Read Two promotion entrants just need to read two books between 6 July and 1 September to be in with a chance to win £50 of book vouchers through our prize draw. 

Events in libraries include animal handling, minibeasts, fun science, Dogs Trust visits, circus skills, and crafts.

Booking will be at the library from Saturday 6 July or via Ticketsource:


...from Saturday 27 July.

The Summer Reading Challenge has been running since 1999 and helps to prevent the summer reading 'dip' that many young people experience during their summer holidays while schools are closed. With the help of local libraries, the Summer Reading Challenge is accessible to all and provides a fun, free activity for children.

In 2023, the Summer Reading Challenge reached 699,208 children and families across the UK, with 685,821 children taking part through their local library service, a 31% increase compared to 2021.  The Challenge also drove 133,697 new children's library memberships which is 42% higher than the 2019 pre-pandemic total.

For more information, visit: 


Pictured - Children from Manor House Primary School in Frodsham are looking forward to the Summer Reading Challenge.

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