Children’s reading can suffer during the long summer holidays. The Summer Reading Challenge at Worthing Library encourages children aged 4-11 to maintain their reading skills and boost their confidence by reading six books during their time off.
Children can read whatever they like, from joke and picture books to audio and ebooks, so long as they are borrowed from the library.
Now in its 16th year, the initiative runs in conjunction with the Reading Agency and a record 810,089 children took part in the Summer Reading Challenge across the country last year, with 12,000 West Sussex children involved in the scheme.
The theme for this year is Mythical Maze, created by top illustrator Sarah McIntyre. It dares children to find their way around a labyrinth that introduces them to fantastical creatures from the world of legend and mythology.
Everyone who signs up for the Summer Reading Challenge will receive a full colour Mythical Maze poster, while children collect stickers of each mythical character as they read their books and move through the Challenge.
There are additional rewards and activities for children along the way, and those who complete the challenge will receive a medal and certificate at the end – so don’t ‘myth’ out!
Lionel Barnard, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “Books of all sorts open up a whole new world of imagination and adventure for children alongside improving their language and comprehension skills.
“The Summer Reading Challenge provides education and entertainment for children of all ages and reading abilities.
“We are urging all West Sussex children, and their parents, to get involved in such a brilliant initiative over the summer holidays.
“There is a fantastic selection of books available from our libraries to ensure youngsters will have no problem conquering the Mythical Maze, while keeping them occupied over the school holidays.”
You can visit the Summer Reading Challenge website, which allows your child to log the books they have read during the summer.
They can also find new books to read, recommended by other children, take part in competitions and play games.
Like the Summer Reading Challenge Facebook page or follow their Twitter account @TheReadingAgency.