Victoria welcomes a local campaign encouraging all primary school children to take part in this year’s ‘Summer Reading Challenge’, which launches on 14 July.

The Summer Reading Challenge – a partnership between The Reading Agency and public libraries across the UK – encourages children to read at least six books over summer. This year’s theme is ‘Mischief Makers’, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Beano comic.

Victoria Prentis MP commented: “I hope parents, grandparents and carers in North Oxfordshire will take their children to the library over the summer to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge.  It is free, inclusive and, most importantly, makes reading fun.  Last year 8279 children in Oxfordshire took part. I hope we can increase that number this year and show local libraries what a valuable asset they are to us and our community.

Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency said: “At The Reading Agency, we believe that everything changes when we read and we know from our research how much fun families and children have when taking part in the Challenge. Mischief Makers offers intergenerational appeal and we hope this family friendly, accessible theme will inspire more children than ever to read over the holidays and make use of their local library throughout the summer and beyond.”

Mark Freeman, President of Libraries Connected, added: “The Summer Reading Challenge is one of the highlights of the year in libraries. Encouraging children to read over the summer holidays helps them to see reading as a fun way to spend their time and now they can get tips on creating a bit of mischief too! We are so pleased at Libraries Connected to continue our partnership with The Reading Agency and look forward to welcoming even more children into our libraries this summer.”

For more information on getting involved, visit