Wokingham Borough Libraries and The Reading Agency are calling all children in the borough to take part this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Aimed at 4-to 12-year-olds, the theme focuses on Wild World Heroes and aims to tackle real-life environmental issues, including deforestation and plastic pollution. Developed in partnership with WWF UK, the challenge runs until Saturday 29 August.
To take part, children need to collect a starter pack from their nearest library, where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their reading journey. Six or more books must be read to complete the challenge, with fun incentives and rewards on the way.
The initiative can contribute to the achievement of all children to become more independent in their reading. It also encourages using their imagination and empathy to explore the text beyond the page and helps to prevent the tendency for reading to dip over the holidays. In addition, active participation in the challenge supports the successful transition between year groups and key stages.
“We hope that the project will inspire children to visit their local library and to read lots of great books throughout the summer and beyond,’ said Cllr Bill Soane, executive member for neighbourhoods and communities. “I’d like to encourage parents to get their little ones involved and nurture the love for reading. Wokingham Borough Libraries are full of wonderful titles to enjoy - I hope you escape and discover the world of magic within.”
Following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, libraries across the borough reopened on Monday 19 July. To limit the spread of the virus it is recommended that everyone visiting continues to wear a facemask and maintains social distancing.
To find out more, visit www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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