Keep kids inspired with diverse stories and creative activities over the summer with Story Box Library’s Summer Holiday Story and Activity Challenge. 

Designed to support the summer reading programs and book clubs already offered by public libraries, we connect families with a world of stories by extending your library’s collection anywhere there’s an internet connection - including the back garden, local park or even a beach tent - and also encouraging them to visit their library and connect with their communities.

Library patrons can participate in the Story Box Library Summer Story and Activity Challenge in four steps:

  1. Watch the story read.

  2. Learn more with Short Films.

  3. Play with Activity Time.

  4. Borrow and discover more!

Download our free printable SBL Summer Story and Activity Time resources here, which includes a story and activity log sheet, fridge card for login credentials and fill-in bookmarks!

To access our Summer Story and Activity Challenge, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to

  2. Go to the Stories page to find the stories you wish to watch. Use the stories filter to make selecting easier. Find each story’s Activity Time under the Activities tab of the story.

  1. Borrow the book from the library and include one of our bookmark reviews when you return it. Even write a comment about the Activity Time you completed, if you like.

Explore statewide summer reading programs

Big Summer Read from Public Libraries Victoria

Join. Borrow. Play. Win! The Big Summer Read starts Thursday 1 December 2022. Read throughout summer to unlock exclusive badges for your Beanstack profile and for your chance to win great prizes! Learn more here.

“Research has identified a phenomenon known as the ‘summer slide’, which refers to the loss of literacy skills over the summer holidays when children do not read—estimated on average as the equivalent of two to three months of reading proficiency ... studies have found that children who receive and read free books over summer experience the equivalent of attending three years of summer school." - Big Summer Read

Summer Reading Club from State Library Queensland

The Summer Reading Club is a fun, free program delivered annually by the State Library of Queensland online and in public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres across Queensland to encourage children to keep reading through the summer! Learn more here.