The Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland encourages children aged 4-11 to visit their local library and read six books over the holidays, a time when traditionally literacy levels dip.

Countdown to the Summer Reading Challenge 2020

The next Summer Reading Challenge starts on Monday 1st June 2020



Run in partnership with The Reading Agency and Scottish libraries, the programme encourages children to read for fun and to continue to develop this fundamental life skill.

More than 40,000 children take the challenge annually reading over quarter of a million books in the process.

Children can read whatever they like - fiction, fact books, poetry, joke books, picture books, audio books - just as long as they are borrowed from the library.

Children receive special rewards each time they finish a book and there's a certificate for everyone who completes the Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge will launch in libraries in Scotland on Saturday 22 June 2019.


There is a different Summer Reading Challenge theme each year.

The Summer Reading Challenge 2019 theme is Space Chase, an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Children taking part in the Challenge will join our super space family, The Rockets, for a thrilling mission to track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens!

Space Chase will feature bespoke artwork from top children's illustrator, Adam Stower, and will celebrate adventure, exploration, reading and fun!

Book Lists

Browse our dynamic lists of books ideal for choosing books for the Summer Reading Challenge.


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RNIB Library makes a selection of Summer Reading Challenge books available in accessible formats for blind or partially sighted children, and for children with a print disability who cannot read standard print.

For children wanting to read six books to complete the Challenge, RNIB Library has thousands of children's titles in audio, braille and Giant Print formats. Audio books can be sent on DAISY CD, memory stick or downloaded via Their Kids and Teen page has a list of some of their most popular titles if you're not sure what to read next.

Contact RNIB Library for help choosing books at 01733 375333 or by email at

Not yet registered with RNIB Library? Find further information and an application form here.

Book of the month

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Remembrance by Theresa Breslin

An amazing account of World War I which covers with sensitivity and realism almost every aspect of the conflict from the eyes of four teenagers. For anyone who enjoyed reading "A Rose For The Anzac Boys" this book is a must-read.

Staff pick

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You, me, everything by Catherine Isaac

Set in the French countryside on an idyllic summer vacation, a delicious, tender novel about finding joy and love even in the most unexpected places.

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