It’s that time of year again when all Somerset libraries are getting ready for the annual Summer Reading Challenge. The Challenge is promoted by the Reading Agency with the aim of encouraging children aged 5 to 11 to keep reading during the summer holidays.
This year the challenge is called Mischief Makers and is centred on Dennis, Gnasher and characters from the Beano. There are clues to follow, the usually (often smelly) stickers to collect and online activities to join in with at home. Children who take part are encouraged to read up to 6 books, either on their own or with family. They can read fiction, non-fiction, graphic or audio books. They are rewarded with stickers and a certificate and those who read all 6 get a medal.
The Summer Reading Challenge is a great example of how libraries and schools can work together to encourage and develop a lifelong love of reading for the whole family. It’s not a competition, but a personal challenge that offers reading inspiration and incentives to entice children into libraries. Library staff encourage children to try new books, as well as reading more of their favourite authors. The Library also runs a series of activities based around the theme of the Challenge.
Last year 84 children from Oakfield took part with 51 children reading 6 books over the summer. It would be wonderful if we can encourage more children to take part this year.