08 July 2015

Young bookworms are being invited to get reading as part of Northamptonshire County Council’s Summer Reading Challenge.

The event takes place throughout the school holidays and challenges four to 12-year-olds to read at least six books during their summer break in order to earn rewards.

Record Breakers

The Summer Reading Challenge is run by Northamptonshire libraries and this year’s theme is ‘Record Breakers’.

When children sign up they will receive a poster featuring fun facts about world records. Readers will be rewarded with a sticker for their poster for every two books they finish, and every child who completes the Summer Reading Challenge will also receive a certificate and a medal.

Research from the charity Bookstart shows that encouraging children to read for pleasure can improve their language and communication skills.

Cllr Robin Brown, county council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “Our summer reading challenge is always hugely popular, with a total of 9,510 children taking part last year reading up to 47,000 books.

Reading skills

“Some children struggle at first when they return to school in September after the long summer break, so this is a great way to maintain their reading skills during the holidays.

“I would encourage families to visit their local library this summer to find out more about how they can take part.”

Families can sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge at any library in Northamptonshire from Saturday 11th July and the event runs until Saturday 12th September.

Inspiring children

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is being partly funded by the University of Northampton’s Aspire Northamptonshire initiative, which aims to inspire every child aged 11 to 16 to be the best they can be through delivering high quality resources, support, activities and information.

During the summer holidays, Northamptonshire libraries will also be running various events including interactive treasure hunts, crafts and record-breaking games.

To find out more visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/src.