Wirral libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Mischief Makers, Summer Reading Challenge 2018.
Part of a wider campaign run by national charity The Reading Agency, the Summer Reading Challenge asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer.
The theme for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge is Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children's title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary.
Mischief Makers launches in libraries across Wirral on Saturday 14 July and runs until Saturday 8 September.
Children will explore a map of ‘Beanotown’ to find a hidden treasure chest full of pranks and become ultimate mischief makers! As children read library books for the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells. By adding these stickers to their map, young readers will help Dennis, Gnasher and friends solve clues and discover the treasure, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.
Last year over 4,000 children across Wirral took part in the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge. Organisers hope to increase that figure this year as more bookworms head to the library to join in.
The statistics on boys reading outside of school time are quite poor with research showing that only 1 in 4 boys read outside of school every day. The 2017 Summer Reading Challenge participant report showed that 43% of participants on Wirral were in fact boys. The challenge is believed to encourage independent reading as it offers young people a fun and inspiring 'way-in' to reading for pleasure.
Children of all ages can take part, whether they’re already a member of a library or not. Last year 403 pre-school age children took part while 12 young people, aged 12 to 18, volunteered as Reading Hacks in Wirral libraries, encouraging younger children to read and helping staff distribute rewards.
While most children taking part were already library members 231 children joined the library to take part.
How to take part:
To take part in Mischief Makers, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library where they will be given a colourful collector’s map of Beanotown to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.
There’s a whole programme of events and activities planned at Wirral libraries for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge, including puppet shows, Chester Zoo Rangers and craft sessions. Just contact your local library or go to www.wirral.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives to find out how to take part.
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