The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays in the UK. Children sign up at their local library, then read six library books of their choice to complete the challenge – collecting exclusive rewards along the way!
This is a great way for children to keep up their reading skills in the long summer break, and we're delighted that three brilliant Usborne titles across different genres have been selected as recommended reads for the Summer Reading Challenge 2019.
The Train to Impossible Places by P.G. Bell is a magical adventure perfect for fans of Harry Potter (age 9+), Scavengers by Darren Simpson is a unique coming-of-age story about what it means to be free (age 11+) and Billy and the Mini Monsters: Monsters at the Seaside by Zanna Davidson is a hilarious story for young readers growing in confidence (age 6+).
Although children can read any books for the challenge, these three titles are part of The Summer Reading Challenge book collection – comprised of 71 must-have reads for children aged 4-11.
This year's collection theme is Space Chase. Every title in the collection has been specially chosen by children and librarians in the UK to reflect key Space Chase themes including exploration, endeavour, imagination, creativity and friendship.
Many of the books in the collection (including Usborne's) are new titles which will be published in 2019, and will be available to borrow in libraries during the challenge.
This is the second year running that Usborne has had three titles included in the collection, as well as the second year in a row for a Billy and the Mini Monsters book to be featured. Almost 700K children took part in last year's challenge, Mischief Makers, across 96% of all authorities in England, Wales and Scotland.