Libraries Summer Reading Challenge

Get creative and have fun with the 2024 Summer Reading Challenge, Marvellous Makers

The Summer Reading Challenge runs 6 July to 7 September 2024 in all Oxfordshire Libraries.

This fun, free challenge is produced by The Reading Agency and delivered in partnership with libraries. It is the perfect summer activity to build your child’s reading skills and confidence during the holidays.

This year’s theme is all about creativity and has been developed in partnership with a leading arts charity, Create. The Marvellous Makers are a group of characters in a creative club. They are making amazing things for a festival at their local library when some objects mysteriously go missing from the club’s creative toolbox. As children read library books, they win stickers which reveal the missing objects, so when the children complete the challenge the characters can enjoy their festival.

How to take part in Oxfordshire Libraries

Children will need to be a member of Oxfordshire Libraries. 

Join Oxfordshire Libraries, it’s free!

From Saturday 6 July, children can sign up at their nearest Oxfordshire Library. They will be given a Marvellous Makers poster to keep track of their reading. As they read brilliant library books and visit the library to tell us about them, they collect stickers and prizes. When children complete the challenge, they receive a Marvellous Makers certificate and medal.

Read library books of your choice

Your children can set their own reading goal – we recommend 6 books over 3 library visits. They can read any library books they like, including eBooks and eAudio from Oxfordshire Libraries. Check out the Marvellous Makers book displays for fantastic reading ideas. 

Mini Challenge

From Saturday 6 July, under 4s can sign up to a mini challenge with their own special collector’s folder and stickers. Join in at your local Oxfordshire Library and complete the mini challenge to win a gold medal sticker and Marvellous Makers certificate.

Summer Reading Challenge website

Visit The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge website. It is available all year for amazing book ideas, fun games, exciting competitions and all the latest Summer Reading Challenge news! 

If your child is up for an additional challenge or you can’t make it to a library, The Reading Agency’s online Summer Reading Challenge runs alongside the in-library challenge. Children who join the online challenge and reach their reading goal, will unlock a Marvellous Makers certificate to print and keep.

For help using the Summer Reading Challenge website and the online challenge, go to:

For general information about the Summer Reading Challenge, visit:

Marvellous Makers illustrations by Natelle Quek and logo artwork by Lizzie Everard © The Reading Agency 2024


Visit What’s On or contact your local library about family-friendly events and activities.

We are delighted to announce Science Oxford are once again touring Oxfordshire Libraries this summer. The Science of Magic show, for ages 7-11, will be happening in five libraries, with additional drop-in activity days at various locations across Oxfordshire. To book a free place, contact the participating library.