Get Set for the Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge!

We’ve teamed up with Cheshire East libraries to help them celebrate the 20th annual Summer Reading Challenge which begins on Saturday 6 July.

This year’s theme is ‘Space Chase’ – an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. As children read their way through six library books of their choice over the summer, they will collect stickers and solve clues to help them to complete their Mission folder.

To encourage participants and to help kick-start their imaginations, every child that takes part via a Cheshire East library, will receive a special Jodrell Bank bookmark that commemorates the anniversary and doubles-up as a Kids go Free voucher for Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre!

The Summer Reading Challenge is designed for children aged 4-11. Every child that takes part via a Cheshire East library will receive a bookmark and voucher for Jodrell Bank and all children that finish the challenge are awarded a special certificate and a medal. There is also a mini challenge for pre-school children so that they can join in the fun too.

Julia Riley, Head of Engagement for Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre said “We’re thrilled to be able to support this initiative and are excited by the opportunity to engage more local children with the story of Jodrell Bank and the unique role it played in the race to the Moon.” 

Joanne Shannon, Cheshire East Council Library Services Manager, said: ‘We have always been very proud of the number of children in Cheshire East who join the Summer Reading Challenge. Last year more than 6,500 children took part making us one of the highest participating authorities in the North West. This year we hope to welcome all our existing participants back, along with many new children to the scheme.”

Councillor Mick Warren, Cheshire East Council Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is a fantastic way to keep children entertained and engaged during the holidays as well as igniting their imagination and building on their vocabulary in preparation for the new school year. This year’s theme will, I’m sure, prove very popular among budding space enthusiasts.”       

Space Chase launches in Cheshire East Libraries 6 July – 7 September. Find out more here

The Summer Reading Challenge is a national initiative run by The Reading Agency and supported by Arts Council England.