Science and innovation are at the centre of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which encourages children to read six books during the summer holidays.
Wokingham Borough Council is encouraging children aged four to 11 to take part in the annual scheme and meet the Gadgeteers.
This year’s Summer Reading Challenge runs from Saturday 9 July to Saturday 27 August and is designed to be flexible and fun for all abilities.
By visiting your local library, you can sign up to the challenge and collect prizes, including a certificate and medal. When you start, you set a personal goal for the summer, with six books recommended.
You can choose from a selection of books, eBooks and audiobooks and you will receive a Gadgeteer core pack poster once you have read and returned your first book. You can then collect special incentives from the library each time you finish a book.
Alternatively, children can sign up for the challenge online and set personal goals for the summer, unlocking badges and rewards along the way. You will receive book recommendations and tips for accessing books for free at home. Each time you finish a book, you can add it to you online profile and leave a review.
By doing the challenge online, you can unlock a certificate, play games, enter competitions and share book recommendations.
Something for every age and interest
Cllr Sarah Kerr, the new executive member for climate emergency and resident services, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is a fantastic way of sparking the imagination of children and getting them interested in the wonderful world of reading. Although the challenge is to read six books, they can read as many as they wish and have a lot of fun in the process.
“Reading helps them to become more independent and develop a sense of achievement. There is an excellent selection of books to choose from at libraries across Wokingham Borough. I would encourage all children to take part in the challenge and all our residents to make use of our wonderful library services. There is something for every age and interest.”
By taking part in the challenge, children will be able to join six fictional Gadgeteers. The characters have been brought to life by children’s writer and illustrator Julian Beresford and they use their curiosity to understand the science behind a range of interests, including fashion, technology, cooking and music.
Through an exciting book collection, the Gadgeteers will help spark the curiosity of children and feed their imagination over the summer holidays. The collection includes picture books, as well as books suitable for younger readers and those who are more confident.
The Summer Reading Challenge first launched in 1999 and is run by The Reading Agency. It challenges children to read as many books as they can over the summer and each year has a different theme.
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