Every year libraries up and down the country hold a summer reading challenge. This helps to keep children interested in reading over the long school break. You can sign up at your local library to take part free of charge. This years theme for the challenge is Beanotown!
To take part children need to read 6 books of their choice from the library over the 6 week summer holiday. Each time they read and return a book they receive incentives to keep them going. Last year they had a log book and received stickers to help complete the picture and solve clues. This year’s theme is based in mischief in Beanotown. This will of course include much loved character Dennis the Menace!
Most libraries in England and Wales will start the challenge on Saturday 14th July. In Scotland they will begin on Saturday 23rd June. Check with your local library for an end date as these will vary. There is a handy website where you can share book recommendations. The website will be in the information pack you are given when you start.
Once children have completed the summer reading challenge they will be invited to a special awards ceremony. Here they will receive their certificates and medals for taking part.
Throughout the summer many libraries are holding special events linked to the summer reading challenge. Check with your local library for details. Our nearest library in Didcot is holding storytelling sessions, crafts and animal meet and greets!
My kids can’t wait to get started on this years challenge. Now Cody is starting to read himself he is determined to keep up with his sisters!
To find out more and how to take part, check out the summer reading challenge website here: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/
If you’re interested in how the Americans encourage children to read, have a look at Christy’s post here about the 1000 Books Before Kindergarton scheme that they took part in! https://fromthestates.blog/2018/04/30/reading-in-the-last-frontier/