The Summer Reading Challenge is a national initiative that encourages children to sign up at their local library and read any 6 books of their choice from the collection. Reading can be undertaken in many formats and as well as books children can also use audio books or access some of the many e-books available through the council’s online resources.
Last year, a total of 39,549 books were borrowed by children over the summer holidays and this year we’re hoping for even more, as well as an increase in the whopping 3,000 young people who took part before; but to do this we need YOUR help.
This summer’s theme is ‘Mischief Makers’, based around the well-loved childhood title of ‘The Beano’ which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year; a theme perfect for all the young troublemakers out there who are ready to break the record in Merton for numbers participating.
Each time a book is finished, rewards and incentives are given out. After completing the whole challenge each child will receive their very own certificate, shiny gold medal and be entered into a Grand Draw, with the chance of winning one of many prizes including an iPad and a family ticket to Warner Bros. Studio Tour, The Making of Harry Potter.
This is the perfect opportunity for all children to take part in an inclusive and captivating experience which not only combats the inevitable ‘long summer’ boredom but also comes with the opportunity to make reading fun, and the chance to bring home an amazing prize.
Merton council’s cabinet member for community and culture Councillor Nick Draper said: “I love supporting the summer reading challenge. I tell children about it at as many school assemblies as I can, and get as excited about it as they do. Occasionally, in the autumn, children will stop to tell me they read all 6 books, and it makes me feel so proud for them.”
To take part in Mischief Makers, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library where they will be given a colourful collector’s map of Beanotown to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.
So what are you waiting for? Ready. Set. READ!!!