Book challenge enjoyed by thousands of young readers

October 03 2017

MORE than 6,000 children in South Gloucestershire took part in this year’s summer reading challenge.

MORE than 6,000 children in South Gloucestershire took part in this year’s summer reading challenge.

The annual event is run to encourage youngsters aged between four and 11 to carry on reading during the school holiday, with the help of their local library, including the Yate and Chipping Sodbury service.

The challenge involves children getting rewards each time they finish a book, the aim being to read six books borrowed from the library by the time the holiday ends.

Medals and certificates are then presented to those who successfully reach the target.

This year’s theme for the challenge was Animal Agents, which saw the young readers solving clues as well as reading their books.

Rachael Hunt, vice-chairwoman of South Gloucestershire Council, said: “It’s outstanding that so many children joined Animal Agents and kept reading at their local library this summer.

“Children’s reading can often dip during the long school holidays but taking part in the challenge helps them to develop their reading skills and confidence so they return to school ready to learn.”

This year’s event also involved 70 young people acting as volunteers to help children 

who took part in the challenge by listening to them talk about their books, as well as helping with activities in the library.

A number of children from the Yate area who were involved in the challenge were presented with medals and certificates by Councillor Hunt at Yate Library. 

Rachel Hathaway, a parent from the town whose son reached the target, said: “My son is a reluctant reader, so the prospect of a medal at the end was really motivating for him and helped us to keep him going with reading over the holiday.”