Merton’s Summer Reading Challenge 2014 has got off to a flying start with over 10,000 four to 11 year olds signed up to the challenge of reading six library books during the summer holidays.
Themed Mythical Maze, many of Merton’s young people are enjoying magical tales of imaginary creatures, and there is still time for children to join in the summer reading fun. They just need to read six books by 13 September. They can read whatever they like – fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books – just as long as they are borrowed from the library.
Many children have received their rewards already as they work their way through the challenge. There’s a medal, certificate and a chance to win one of many fantastic prizes for everyone completing the challenge.
As part of the rewards, Merton Libraries has teamed up with Chipotle Mexican Grill in Wimbledon to give every child that completes the challenge a free meal. Chipotle is also offering the top three schools with the most Summer Reading Challenge completers the chance to bring up to 40 pupils from each school to their Wimbledon restaurant to have a tour and take part in a guacamole making demonstration and as well as having a free lunch.
Six-year-old Rose Peeks, who finished the challenge and received her free meal at Chipotle, said: “I have read six books including The Dinosaur That Pooped a Planet, Dog in Boots and Boomer’s Big Surprise. I loved reading these books during my summer holidays and I made sure my school friends took part too. My meal at Chipotle was really yummy and I think every kid should join the challenge!”
Merton Council cabinet member for community and culture Councillor Nick Draper said: “It’s fabulous news that we’re seeing record numbers of young people getting involved in the summer reading challenge. Reading opens up new worlds for our children and challenges them to discover even more. Plus there’s the pride of having completed the books and the chance to win loads of great prizes. There’s still three weeks left to take part so get reading!”
Jacob Sumner, Lead Restaurateur at Chipotle comments: “We are committed to being part of our local community, and through our partnership with Merton Libraries are proud to support the Summer Reading Challenge 2014. We were extremely pleased to host Rose and her family today, and hope to see more children complete the challenge over the next three weeks.”
For more information, visit Chipotle website.