Libraries across West Norfolk are hosting a Summer Reading Challenge for four-to-11-year-olds.
Developed by the Reading Agency in collaboration with the Youth Sport Trust, this year’s theme – Ready, Set, Read! – celebrates play, sport and games.
When children sign up, they receive a free pack that follows a fictional team, designed by the children’s writer and illustrator Loretta Schauer, as they weave their way through a summer obstacle course. Each time children finish a book, they can collect a special sticker from the library to add to the pack. On completion, children will receive a certificate and a medal.
The library service recommends reading around six different books, but children can set their own reading goals. There is also a mini-challenge available so that pre-school children don’t miss out.
You can take part at your local library, where children can borrow and read books, eBooks and audiobooks of their choosing. For inspiration about what to read, there’s a Ready, Set Read! booklist, which includes picture books, early readers and non-fiction books.
Margaret Dewsbury, the county councillor responsible for Communities and Partnerships, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming children to our libraries over the summer as they embark on the Summer Reading Challenge.
“Research has shown how important reading for pleasure is for the mental wellbeing of children and young people. The Challenge also significantly helps improve children’s reading confidence, making sure they are ready for their return to school in the autumn.”
To take part, just drop in to your local library and ask to register your child. If you are not already a member of the library, joining is free and easy (you will need to bring proof of address such as a utility bill).
If you can’t make it to a library, children can also take part via the official Summer Reading Challenge website, where they can sign up for a free Challenge profile and get book recommendations and tips for accessing books for free at home.