CHILDREN aged four to 11 from across Lancashire are being invited to meet a fantastic cast of colourful creatures as part of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.
The annual Summer Reading Challenge is run nationally by the Reading Agency and organised locally by Lancashire County Council’s library service, with all 74 branches taking part. The scheme is free and aims is to keep children reading throughout the summer holidays.
The theme of this year’s challenge is the Mythical Maze, and children can join in now by simply registering at their local library.
The idea is for children to read six books of their choice over the summer. On joining the challenge, children will receive a starter pack, including a sticker and a labyrinth poster to find their way around, recording their reading as they go.
At each stage of their journey through the maze, children will meet an exciting mythical character and collect a sticker. The characters have been designed by award-winning illustrator and children’s author, Sarah McIntyre. They include a mermaid, a minotaur, Medusa and the Loch Ness monster.
After reading three books, children will be rewarded with an activity booklet and after completing all six books they can choose a medal, a kit bag or a maze puzzle as their final prize.
Children can read any books they like, including factual, fiction, poetry, books of jokes or picture books.
Stories on CD also count, as do e-books and audiobook downloads.
County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to keep children enjoying their read! ing throughout the summer holidays, and it’s always a lot of fun.
“Last year, 13,116 children took part in the challenge and 7,126 of them read all six books. Those are very impressive numbers and we all hope to see even more children joining in this year.
“As well as being enjoyable, the scheme is a great boost for children’s literacy, which not only helps with their education but also improves their life chances in the longer term.”
It’s free to join the library and under-16s can join by themselves. The library service will then send parents a letter to tell them what services their children are entitled to.
The Summer Reading challenge runs until Saturday 27 September. More information is available at local libraries or online at summerreadingchallenge.org.uk.