Summer Reading Challenge

Sign up for the Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge from Saturday 13 July. 

Space Chase is the Summer Reading Challenge for 2019!

Visit any Plymouth Library from Saturday 13 July to pick up a Space Chase Mission folder. It's free to join. 

Over the summer holiday children need to read six library books (includes eBooks and audiobooks) collecting stickers and prizes along the way. 

Every child that completes the challenge receives a medal and a certificate that will be presented to them at school in the autumn term. 

The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged 4 to 11. Those under 4 can take part in the Mini Challenge.  

The challenge runs from Saturday 13 July until Saturday 14 September. 

Free activities support the challenge throughout the summer. 

Summer Reading Challenge activities

Lunch at the Library 

Lunch at the Library will take place at all libraries every Wednesday in August. Children can pick up a free CATERed lunch and take part in family friendly activities. 


Social stories 

Social Stories are designed to help children with autism understand what to expect and why when signing up and taking part in Space Chase at their library. Download the story for your local library below. 

Download Central Library Space Chase Social Story [1.7MB]

Download Crownhill Library Space Chase Social Story [1.7MB]

Download Devonport Library Space Chase Social Story [1.7MB]

Download Efford Library Space Chase Social Story [1.7MB]

Download Estover Library Space Chase Social Story [1.7MB]

Download North Prospect Library Space Chase Social Story [1.7MB]

Download Peverell Library Space Chase Social Story [1.7MB]

Download Plympton Library Space Chase Social Story [1.7MB]

Download Plymstock Library Space Chase Social Story [1.7MB]

Download Southway Library Space Chase Social Story [1.7MB]

Download West Park Library Space Chase Social Story [1.7MB]


Volunteers needed!

The Summer Reading Challenge is a UK-wide programme which aims to keep children reading during the summer break.

Research has shown that children who take part in the Summer Reading Challenge keep up their reading skills much more than those who don't.

As a Summer Reading Challenge volunteer you will:

  • help prepare the Summer Reading Challenge
  • help promote the Summer Reading Challenge in local schools and elsewhere
  • listen to children telling you about the books they've read
  • hand out rewards to children at appropriate stages of the Summer Reading Challenge
  • encourage children to complete the Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge 2019 will run from Saturday 13 July to Saturday 14 September. You'll need to commit at least six hours over the course of those months.

Find out how to apply on our Volunteer in a Library page or email library@plymouth.gov.uk or more information.