Sign up for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge

Children across Croydon are being encouraged to investigate world records and amazing real-life achievements as part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2015.

Boasting a Record Breakers theme, this year’s challenge is inviting children and their families to dive into the pages of the Guinness World Records books when they go along to their local library to sign up for a summer’s great reading.

Croydon Libraries are delighted to be working with accomplished storyteller John Kirk across branches as part of this year`s challenge. John will be performing two shows: The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and Superlative Tales.

Lewis Carroll`s The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

One of the most enduring parties in fiction, packed with poetry, prose and pandemonium in the company of The Mad Hatter. Lasting 25 to 30 minutes, the production is suitable for children aged five and over.

  • Coulsdon Library – Monday 20 July, 3 to 3.45pm
  • Ashburton Library – Tuesday 21 July, 10.30 to 11.15am
  • Central Library – Friday 24 July, 11 to 11.45am

Superlative Tales

A selection of traditional tales that ask who are the fairest, wickedest and bravest of them all? The presentation includes the stories of The Snow Queen, The Gingerbread Man and Rapunzel and lasts about 30 minutes. It is suitable for children aged four-plus.

  • Selsdon Library – Monday 20 July, 11 to 11.45am
  • Norbury Library – Tuesday 21 July, 2.30 to 3.15pm

An exciting programme of events and activities is planned across Croydon Libraries, and a full list can be found at

Organised by The Reading Agency charity and the public library network, the annual Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at four- to 11-year-old children and their families. Children are encouraged to read six or more library books of their choice during the summer holidays with collectable incentives and rewards, plus a certificate, or medal for every child who completes the Challenge.

Children can sign up at their local library at the start of the summer holidays; it’s absolutely free and pre-schoolers can take part in the mini-challenge.

This year, the Summer Reading Challenge has teamed up with Guinness World Records – the global authority in record-breaking achievements and publisher of the annual Guinness World Records book – to establish a Record Breakersthemed challenge, bringing together fact and fiction, and challenging young readers to explore astonishing real-life achievements and world records.

Collecting stickers as they go, young readers will discover the weird, wonderful and wacky records from around the world in six different categories: Cool Tech, Way to Go!, The Big Stuff, Animal Magic, People Power and Action! Adventure!

Cllr-GodfreyCouncillor Timothy Godfrey, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport

“The Summer Reading Challenge is always popular, both with the children that take part, and for parents and carers, many of whom have voiced their support of the challenge because, in addition to its being free, they can see the difference it has made to their children’s reading.

“This year’s challenge promises to be a real winner – there aren’t many children who don’t find the amazing facts, figures and achievements recorded in the Guinness World Records books completely fascinating.

“But, of course, the challenge isn’t limited to real-life events. Reading opens the door to an infinite world of imagination and inspiration for young minds, and – who knows? – prompt one of them to become the next Lewis Carroll or JK Rowling.”


2015-07-15T10:08:57+01:00 July 15th, 2015|Recent news|