The Reading Agency and Libraries are excited to introduce Space Chase, Summer Reading Challenge 2019, an out of this world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

This summer, children will help our super space family 'The Rockets' track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens! As they read library books, they will solve clues and collect special stickers to complete their mission folder. Can they find the aliens in time to save the day?

Space Chase, the Summer Reading Challenge, starts in your local library on Saturday 13 July and will run until Saturday 14 September. You can sign up and then read at least six library books of your choice to collect special stickers and other rewards along the way – all for free. You can read whatever you like: fact, fiction, joke books or poetry, from our excellent range. You can even borrow audio books and listen if you prefer.

The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged 4–11 years and is for everyone regardless of their reading ability. Taking part is easy and free. Just visit any Surrey library to sign up. Borrow books through the summer and earn stickers and other free rewards along the way. You'll get a certificate after you've read 6 books.

Children's reading ability can 'dip' during the long summer holidays if they don't have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure and this can be a problem for schools to put right in the new term. Taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge helps children to become more fluent, confident and happy readers.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a national promotion produced by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries.