The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to share stories and encourage reading throughout the summer holidays – a time when children’s reading skills can sometimes dip.
The challenge is part of a national scheme to support children’s literacy through public libraries that has been running for more than 20 years. Every year there is a theme to the challenge and The Reading Agency, who act as national coordinators, work with a children’s illustrator to encourage children aged 4-11 to sign up and take part.
The theme of the challenge this year is Gadgeteers and Hampshire Libraries are encouraging young readers to join Eddie, Leo, Ajay, Maggie, Aisha and James and discover the amazing science and innovation in the everyday!
Families can sign up at their local public library or online from Saturday 16 July. Everyone who signs up will receive a special collectors pack, with space to record reads and collect stickers for each book they read or listen to (eAudio books count too!).
Everyone who finishes the challenge before Saturday 17 September will receive a certificate and a medal – if they signed up with Hampshire Library Service, they will also be entered into a free draw to win a Samsung Galaxy tablet too!
Click below to find out about some of the brilliant books you can borrow this summer.