Swindon Libraries are sending young people on a quest to keep them reading throughout the summer holidays with the Summer Reading Challenge™.
The Summer Reading Challenge is simple – read six books during the summer, through your local library. Children are given a special pack and a set of incentives to collect as they read, with a certificate and medal for those who successfully complete the Challenge.
Every year there’s a different theme. This year’s Summer Reading Challenge™ is called Quest Seekers, with a range of free adventurous activities and incentives to keep children on their quest path. In August, children can put their arty side to the test with some fantasy craft sessions – ask at your local library for details.
Librarians and volunteers will be on hand to act as guides, and an interactive Quest Seekers website links children with top authors and illustrators whilst giving them space to talk about their favourite books and share reading ideas.
The fun started on Saturday 18 July with a launch event at Lydiard Park.
The Summer Reading Challenge™ has been running for eleven years, and is now reaching over 650,000 children in the UK. It’s created and run by The Reading Agency, the independent charity working to bring more reading to more people, in partnership with the UK library network.
Research shows how central reading for pleasure is for children’s life chances, and yet recent international comparisons show that children in England enjoy reading less than their international peers and less than they did five years ago. They’re also spending less time reading for fun outside of school.
The good news is that the Summer Reading Challenge™ is encouraging children to complete the reading quest over the summer, improving their reading range, confidence and enjoyment. Schools say that this contributes to their confidence and reading achievement, with potentially life-changing results.
The challenge runs from Saturday 18 July to Saturday 5 September.