Summer book challenge

Children across the county are being encouraged to visit their local library and take part in The Summer Reading Challenge which ends September 13.

Kids aged four to 11 are set the challenge of reading six books during the holidays and are rewarded with themed stickers, a certificate and a medal if they finish.

Children’s reading can dip during the long summer holidays and the Reading Agency’s annual challenge helps get three quarters of a million children nationally into libraries to maintain their reading skills and confidence. Councillor Chris Dowling, county council lead member for community services, said: “Reading fuels the imagination, but a six-week break from school can have an impact on children’s reading skills. The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way for youngsters to keep their literacy skills sharp.” Children can get involved by visiting their local library.