12 July 2016

Northamptonshire Libraries’ annual Summer Reading Challenge is back – and this year young readers are being invited to discover some of Roald Dahl’s best-loved books.

The Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge launches this Saturday (July 16) and invites children aged four to 12 to read six books over the summer holidays.

Every reader will receive a free collector folder and for every book they complete, they receive a special collector card. Once all six books have been read, they earn a finisher’s certificate and a medal.

The big friendly read challenge logo

Dahl classics

This year’s theme celebrates the 100th birthday of children’s author Roald Dahl, whose books include The BFG, George’s Marvellous Medicine, The Twits, Matilda and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.

Cllr Sylvia Hughes, county council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “Research has shown that children’s reading can ‘dip’ through the long summer holidays if they don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure.

“The annual Summer Reading Challenge aims to get children reading for enjoyment and promote the use of the fabulous resource that is their local library.

“It’s free to take part and I would encourage families across Northamptonshire to sign up and discover all of the brilliant books – including Roald Dahl’s much-loved stories – available to them at their local library.”

Free to sign up

The Summer Reading Challenge is produced annually by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries.

More than 9,000 children in Northamptonshire took part last year, reading a massive 40,000 books between them.

This year’s Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge runs until Saturday 10th September and children can sign up for free at any library in Northamptonshire.

Find out more about the challenge at www.bigfriendlyread.org.uk.

There will also be a series of free events and activity sessions taking place at libraries across the county as part of the Summer Reading Challenge.

Sign up

How to take part in the Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge

  • Just pop along to your local library this summer and sign up
  • If you don’t have a library card, you can become a member on the day
  • You don’t need to bring any identification, but under 16's will need a parent or carer’s permission
  • Once you have a library card you can start borrowing straight away!