Local children are being told not to miss the boat as Merton Council’s “Reading Voyage” sets sail on Saturday 16 July with an adventure treasure hunt in all of Merton’s libraries.
This year’s Summer Reading Challenge, hosted by Merton’s Library and Heritage Service, encourages children aged 12 and under to get down to their local library and read six books before the summer is out.
Each shipmate participating in the event will be given a ship’s log and a set of stickers for each book they read. Bookmarks, pencils and fortune-tellers can also be collected along the way.
A certificate and medal will be presented to all those who complete the challenge and there will be an official award ceremony at the Odeon cinema later in the year. The school with the most children taking part will also win a visit from the best-selling author of ‘Wolf Brother’, Michelle Paver.
Councillor David Chung, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said, “The Reading Voyage is an interesting and innovative way of encouraging children to read more through the summer holidays. I hope we see a lot of children take up this exciting challenge and enjoy the wide variety of books they will get to read.”
Those wishing to take part should visit their local library where they will find more information on how to enter.
Notes to editor
§ The Reading Voyage ends Friday 16 September