Young readers across Bristol are being encouraged to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.
The free annual event, which began in Bristol libraries on Saturday (July 13), challenges children to read six books over the summer holidays. The theme for the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.
Children will team up with futuristic family The Rockets for an exciting space mission as they track down books nabbed by a mischievous band of aliens. As children read library books for the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells. By adding these stickers to their collectable mission folders, young readers will help the Rockets solve clues, dodge asteroids and discover the missing books, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.
To take part in Space Chase, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library, where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.
Children who read six books over the summer will earn a fantastic medal and certificate.
There’s a whole programme of events and activities planned at Bristol libraries for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge, including craft tables that will change every week throughout the summer. Library staff have also been attending school assemblies across the city to promote the challenge.
Deputy Mayor, Councillor Asher Craig, Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to get children interested in books and reading.
“Libraries can help inspire children to become more confident readers and provide free entertainment during the summer holidays.”
Children can find competitions, challenges, author interviews, news, and the book sorter - which recommends what children might like to read next, on the Summer Reading Challenge website throughout the year.