At Region of Readers we love discovering and sharing literary gems of the past present and future. We firmly believe that time spent reading can positively impact well-being.
We think that engaging readers in the joy to be discovered in the library from an early age promotes a real sense of reading for pleasure. That’s why we think that schemes like the Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge are a great way to get children motivated to continue reading whilst school is out over the extended summer holiday and can really begin to foster a passion for literature.
Here’s what the Reading Agency have to say about the challenge:
“The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six library books during the long summer holiday.
Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the summer holidays if they don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure. The annual Summer Reading Challenge helps get three quarters of a million children into libraries each year to keep up their reading skills and confidence. Because everything changes when we read.”
The Summer Reading Challenge 2018 will be called Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved iconic children’s title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary.
Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers! Dennis, Gnasher and friends will help them solve clues and collect stickers, having lots of fun and adventures along the way!
Most libraries in England and Wales will start the Summer Reading Challenge on Saturday 14 July.
Most libraries in Scotland will start the Challenge on Saturday 23 June.
Regional variations will apply, so do check with your local library service to find out when the Challenge will begin in your area.
The Reading Agency does not set an official end date for the Summer Reading Challenge. Each library authority is responsible for choosing and publicising their own finish date for their Challenge.