Summer Reading Challenge

We would like to congratulate all our young Summer Reading Challenge participants for joining Buckinghamshire Libraries on what has been an out-of-this-world adventure. A sizeable 4,686 intrepid readers embarked on a mission to read six books over the summer.

The Reading Agency’s annual Summer Reading Challenge is designed to encourage children to read during the long school holidays. Children's reading can 'dip' if they don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure, and this can be a problem for schools to put right in the new term. The scheme is endorsed by parents, teachers and the Department for Education.

The Challenge celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. This year’s theme was Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. By reading books over the summer, children would receive clues to help a space family track down books taken by mischievous aliens and save the day. Children could visit their local library, sign up for the challenge, and choose any six books to read. Rewards were given for every two books read and included stickers, wristbands, medals and certificates.

Staff went all out with a variety of space-themed events and mini competitions taking place throughout the county. Events ranged from geology talks and alien crafts, to picnics and even cookery. Staff decorated the interior of libraries for the occasion, with help from local Knit and Natter groups donating their creations.

We would like to thank all the staff, volunteers and parents for helping to make this year’s challenge a success.




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