Summer Reading Challenge 2024: Marvellous Makers

Summer Reading Challenge 2024: Marvellous Makers

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BY: Amy Lee
05 Jul 2024

This year, we’re excited to work once again with The Reading Agency on the Summer Reading Challenge. The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest reading for pleasure programme for children aged 4-11, presented by The Reading Agency and delivered in partnership with libraries. The challenge supports children to achieve Arts Award Discover during the summer, whilst reading some new books! Read on for details of how the challenge works, information on this year’s theme, Marvellous Makers, and how children can gain your Arts Award Discover from taking part.

How does it work?

To complete the Summer Reading Challenge, young people need to read six library books over the summer holidays. Libraries will also be offering all sorts of extra fun activities, including Arts Award! Summer Reading Challenge activities can be used towards Arts Award Discover, however young people don’t need to have read all six books to achieve their award. The Challenge began in Scotland on Saturday 22 June and starts in England and Wales on Saturday 6 July.

The Challenge is proven to significantly improve children’s reading confidence, making sure they are well-prepared for their return to school in the autumn. It also gives families the chance to access books and fun family activities throughout the summer – all for free. The Challenge reaches around 700,000 children each year, and 75% of children taking part last year improved their reading skills over the holidays.*

What’s this year’s theme?

Marvellous Makers! This year’s Summer Reading Challenge aims to fire up children’s imaginations and unleash storytelling and creativity through the power of reading.  

Developed in collaboration with Create, a leading charity bringing the creative arts to those who need it most, the theme will inspire children’s inner storytellers, motivating them to be curious and to tell their own stories through various creative outlets. The partnership with Create aims to allow children to understand and appreciate creativity through reading. The partnership will provide a range of exciting activities and resources that bring reading and creativity together, empowering children to become ‘Marvellous Makers’ themselves. Check out The Reading Agency website for further updates and information.

How does Arts Award Discover link to the Summer Reading Challenge?

To help you on your journey, we’ve created some free resources you can download here (after clicking the link search for 'Summer Reading Challenge 2024'). The Discover Info Sheet gives an overview of the Summer Reading Challenge and Arts Award, and can be consulted first. The mapping resource can be used alongside the bespoke activity sheets during the challenge – young people can fill out the activity sheets which cover the evidence needed in the Arts Award Toolkit to successfully complete the Award.

Don't forget you can include drawings, posters and photos alongside the activity booklet as evidence for Discover! Many more resources for delivering Discover can be found on our Arts Award Adviser Hub.

Please note Arts Award Discover portfolios must be assessed by a trained Arts Award adviser before ordering certificates. For more information please visit our website:

We hope you enjoy supporting young people with the Summer Reading Challenge whilst undertaking their Arts Award Discover! 

*The Reading Agency (2022) Summer Reading Challenge 2022: Annual Report

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