Devon Libraries launches its Summer Reading Challenge with a world record attempt

Young readers are invited to take part in a world record attempt this weekend at their local North Devon library.

On Saturday Devon Libraries is launching its Summer Reading Challenge and is trying to gather as many pledges to take part as possible to break the record for the most received.

The challenge is fittingly themed Record Breakers and will give readers the chance to explore some of the astonishing real-life achievements and records featured in the Guinness World Record books.


Libraries across the region will be collecting pledges from tomorrow (Friday) and on Saturday –information on times and other details are available at your local library.

Barnstaple is encouraging people to make their pledges form 9.30am-4pm on Saturday, with a variety of other events including a drop in dance workshop.

Combe Martin Library is taking pledges from 12noon and South Molton Library will be open from 10am-12noon, with a guest appearance by Exmoor Pony books author Victoria Eveleigh.

What is it?

Organised by Devon Libraries and The Reading Agency charity, the annual challenge is aimed at four to 11 year-olds, is simple and fun.

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 for free at their local library at the start of the summer holidays and for pre-school-age children, there is a mini challenge.

Goody bags

Every child starting the challenge in Devon will be given an ‘Active Summer’ bag containing goodies and info encouraging children to be active during the summer holidays – including a step counter, bubble mixture and lots of ideas for activities in Devon.

They will also be entered into a prize draw to win one of a number of scooters donated by Tesco.

Libraries across Devon will also hold events and activities for children through the summer holidays – find out more at

Visit the Summer Reading Challenge Record Breakers’ website at and try the Book Sorter which helps children choose what to read next.