Duncan joined the Reading Agency in Parliament for the launch of the Summer Reading Challenge.
Guests gathered to show their support for libraries’ contribution to literacy, including some of the nation’s best-loved authors, along with MPs, councillors, publishing industry figures, librarians and library campaigners.
Created and run by independent charity The Reading Agency in partnership with libraries, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge has the highest rate of involvement ever. 97% of UK library authorities are participating and over 760,000 children are due to join in.
This year’s circus-themed initiative focuses on reading for pleasure as a means of building literacy skills. It combines a personal challenge – to read six books over the summer holidays – with social activities, a creative online element and collectable incentives. Every child completing the Challenge receives a certificate or medal.
Summer Reading Challenge in Wiltshire
This year the national Summer Reading Challenge for 4 to 11 year olds will run in Wiltshire libraries from 16th July to 3rd September, and the theme will be Circus Stars.
The challenge is simple: for children to read six books over the summer, talk to library staff about the books and collect ‘rewards’ to mark their progress. Incentives this year include a yoyo, as well as stickers, a medal and certificate on completion. Circus Stars is not a competition, but a fun personal challenge to encourage children to read more and use libraries more.
Last year 8,544 Wiltshire children joined the challenge, with 5,000 reading all 6 books and 34,879 books being read in total. Families have enjoyed the challenge and last year 91.1% of the participants said that by taking part in the challenge, their reading had improved a little or a lot.
For more information, contact your local library.