Posted: Thursday 5th July 2018
Hertfordshire County Council’s library service is inviting children to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which launches in libraries across the county on Saturday 14th July, and discover the longest running British children’s comic Beano.
To celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the much-loved comic, this year’s challenge is called Mischief Makers,and will centre around the adventures of the most infamous mischief makers of them all – Dennis and Gnasher!
Overseen by The Reading Agency, the Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year in libraries across the UK. It’s an opportunity for children of all ages and abilities to enjoy books and develop their reading skills throughout the holidays.
With a strong record to break after over 20,000 Hertfordshire children took part last year, we are once again challenging children to read six library books over the summer and return to the library to tell our staff and volunteers all about them. They can read anything, including story books, fact books, talking books, and even e-books (available to download for free from our e-library).
As part of this year’s challenge, children will use a map of Beanotown to search for a mysterious buried treasure. For each book that they report back on, they’ll collect smelly stickers that provide clues to the treasure’s location. Dennis and Gnasher will be on hand to help them solve these clues, along with their friends Pie Face, Rubi and JJ!
Every child who finishes their six books by Saturday 8th Septemberwill be crowned mischief makers themselves, and receive both a medal and a certificate. They’ll also have the chance to win a ticket to a special Mega Mischief Makers Mash-Up author event during November half-term!
The challenge is fun and free to take part in – All children need to do is visit their local library from 14th July to collect a starter pack, while stocks last, and complete their six books before 8th September. They can also visit Mischief Makers for more activities and games.
One parent commented last year, “My son really enjoyed the Summer Reading Challenge 2017; he loved coming to talk to the staff and volunteers about the books he’d read, and enjoyed collecting the stickers. He is already excited for the Summer Reading Challenge 2018 and can’t wait to get started!”
To find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge check visit the website, call 0300 123 4049, or drop into your local library.
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