The 2024 Summer Reading Challenge ‘Marvellous Makers’

Children are being encouraged this summer to fire up their imaginations through the power of reading and creative expression.

The 2024 Summer Reading Challenge ‘Marvellous Makers’ is taking place at Oxfordshire County Council’s libraries from 6 July.

In collaboration with The Reading Agency and Create, a top charity that delivers the creative arts to the most disadvantaged people, this year’s challenge wants to spark children’s imaginations and inspire them to be creative and tell stories through the magic of reading. 

From 6 July until 7 September, children aged four to 11 taking part in the free challenge can discover new stories, join in with free activities across the county’s libraries and explore their creativity – from junk modelling to music, dance to drawing and painting. 

A mini challenge with a special card and stickers is also available for children under four.

Mark McCree, Service Manager, Libraries and Heritage at Oxfordshire County Council, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual opportunity for children to ignite and develop their love of reading, with the added bonus of being able to win some great prizes and take part in a whole range of activities at their local library. Reading, as well as being a fun hobby, sparks imagination and ideas. 

“We welcome and encourage children across the county to visit the library and enjoy some great books over the summer. There are plenty of creative events to take part in too, and it’s all free!”

This year’s bespoke illustrations are created by Natelle Quek, celebrated illustrator of titles including Wild Wild Wood (Puffin Books) and I Am Nefertiti (Five Quills).

To find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge, visit this page.

Oxfordshire County Council’s libraries service hosts activities and classes throughout the county for people of all ages. Residents can find out what’s on by visiting this page.