Monday, 14 July 2014

Cambridge MP Supports Summer Reading Challenge

MP Julian Huppert is supporting a challenge to get children reading following its success last year when 5,581 children across the county took part.

The Summer Reading Challenge – the UK’s largest reading for pleasure promotion for primary school children – is run by The Reading Agency.

In a unique partnership with public libraries across the UK, the challenge aims to get youngsters reading in the summer holidays.

The initiative is supported by well-known children’s authors including Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Morpurgo and aims to encourage children aged four to 11 to join their library and take part.
The theme of this year’s challenge is Mythical Maze. Children will receive a mythical maze poster and as they borrow and read library books over the summer, they collect stickers of mythical creatures to complete their poster and discover facts about the creatures.

Julian said: “It’s great that so many children took part in the Summer Reading Challenge last year and I hope we can increase that number this summer.

“This is a good opportunity for parents, grandparents and carers to take children to their local libraries, find out more about the wide range of books on offer and build their posters. It’s a great way to have fun and learn at the same time.”

To find out more go to: summerreadingchallenge.org.uk where there is an opportunity  to create a profile, chat about books, and get help on what to read next, via the digital Book Sorter which offers over 300,000 peer to peer children’s book recommendations in child-friendly categories.