The Summer Reading Challenge is an immensely popular and successful reading initiative. It is created and run by the Reading Agency, an independent charity working to inspire more people to read and to read more, and is supported by children’s publishers.

The Summer Reading Challenge is simple. Children are encouraged to read six books or more of their choice during the holidays with collectable incentives and rewards, plus a certificate for every child who completes the Challenge. 0 – 3-year-olds can also take part in a mini-Summer Reading Challenge.

As part of this year’s reading program Mischief Makers why not come along and see Fred in the Shed’s magic show, his show is fast paced and a  mixture of light-hearted fun and comedy magic fit for the whole family and best suited for 3yr olds and upwards, be warned his puppet friends supply the mischief.

You may need to book and charges may apply, check with the individual libraries

Date and locations 

Tuesday 7th August

10am Andover Library (Hampshire)

12 noon Whitchurch Library (Hampshire)

2pm Tadley Library (Hampshire)

Wednesday 8th August

2.30pm Reading Central Library

Friday 10th August

10.30am Wokingham Library

12.45pm Finchampstead Library (Wokingham)

2.45pm Woodley Library (Wokingham)

Tuesday 14th August

10.30am Tilehurst Library (Reading)

2.30pm Caversham Library (Reading)

Thursday 23rd August

10.30am Battle Library (Reading)

2.30pm Palmer Park Library (Reading)

Thursday 30th August

11am Fareham Library (Hampshire)

1pm Waterlooville Library (Hampshire)

3pm Hayling Island Library (Hampshire)

Friday 31st August

10.30am Whitley Library (Reading)

Event Testimonials 

“We booked ‘Fred in the Shed’ and his ‘Mischief Makers’ Magic Show to promote this year’s challenge and can highly recommend him. All the children (and their parents!) were in stitches from the start and the time flew by. Fred engaged so well with all ages from tetchy toddlers to grumpy grannies and had the audience in the palm of his hand. The show entertained young and old and constantly referenced the library and the Summer Reading Challenge. We would definitely book him again!”

Suzan Davis – Children’s Lead – Reading Borough Libraries /Directorate of Environment and Neighbourhood Services


Thank you so much Fred in the Shed for a wonderful magic show today! So much fun had by all. (Including the grown ups!!)

We hope to see you back here at Fareham Library again some day!

Talitha Chiswell We went to Tilehurst library and myself and daughter loved the show with the naughty dragon. We would definitely come to see you again.  😀 Trying to recreate the magic tricks kept us both occupied for hrs afterwards. Thank you

Ginette Ward My son and I really enjoyed the show this morning! He is still talking about it now. Thanks!

Thank you so much to Fred in the Shed for his Mischief Makers show at #Wokingham#Finchampstead and #Woodley Libraries today.