Summer Reading Challenge
National charity The Reading Agency, in partnership with public libraries, has just launched the massive Summer Reading Challenge on Saturday with an explosion of fun, free and motivating reading opportunities for children. Libraries right across England and Wales will be inspiring children to sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge at their local library as the long school holidays begin.
Remarkably, in this age of austerity, the Summer Reading Challenge from libraries is the biggest reading for pleasure programme in the UK. It targets 4-11 year olds, supporting them to read in the summer holidays when literacy levels can drop damagingly. Roughly 750,000 children are expected to take part, and the programme will run in 98% of libraries.
How it works
Enjoying reading is crucial to a child's literacy development, and to their chances, and the Challenge aims to make reading irresistible. The 2013 Challenge is called Creepy House, and is illustrated by Chris Riddell. Children are challenged to read six library books of their own choice.They go to their library, get a collectable poster, then a range of incentives along the way and a medal and certificate at the end.
Mums will be encouraged to learn that this major literacy intervention from libraries helps improve children's reading range, confidence and literacy skills. Participating in the Summer Reading Challenge has been shown to help combat the summer holiday dip in literacy levels.
"It's so important for children to learn to love reading and The Summer Reading Challenge does that highly effectively. It's fun, it's free to take part, and absolutely anyone can get involved." Malorie Blackman.
"This is my first time I've done the Challenge. I used to hate books, now I love them. THANK YOU!" Nine year old participant from last year.
The Reading Agency and libraries are hoping to inspire a similar transformation in thousands more children in 2013.
Much loved authors are lending their support to the Summer Reading Challenge in a major drive to inspire more children to join their library, and read for pleasure.
These include Malorie Blackman, Cressida Cowell, Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen and Jacqueline Wilson, footballer Frank Lampard, Charlie Higson, Liz Pichon, Chris Riddell, Frank Cottrell Boyce, and Justin Somper.
Children can see author videos at summerreadingchallenge.org.uk. On the website they can also create profiles, chat about books, and get help on what to read next via the digitalBooksorter and enter the writing competition Finish the Story.
The Reading Agency will be running a twitter competition with us, whereby you could win one of three buddles of children's books for ages 4-6, 7-9 or 10-11years.
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