Ready, Set, Read! with this year’s Summer Reading Challenge
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This year’s Summer’s Reading Challenge has begun, and Norfolk Library & Information Service is inviting all children aged four to 11 to take part.
Developed by the Reading Agency in collaboration with the Youth Sport Trust, this year’s theme – Ready, Set, Read! – celebrates play, sport and games.
When children sign up, they receive a free pack that follows a fictional team, designed by the children’s writer and illustrator Loretta Schauer, as they weave their way through a summer obstacle course. Each time children finish a book, they can collect a special (smelly!) sticker from the library to add to the pack. On completion, children will receive a certificate and a medal.
The library service recommends reading around six different books, but children can set their own reading goals. There is also a mini-challenge available so that pre-school children don’t miss out.
Children can read anything just about anywhere. Here are some ideas to help your child achieve their Ready, Set, Read! Summer Reading Challenge target. They could:
Read to a pet/toy
Read wearing their favourite costume
Read in their pyjamas. Pyjama reading is the best!
Swap a book with a friend
Read a funny book
Write a book review or make a recommendation and share it with a friend or brother/sister
Read a book with a sporty theme – we like ‘The Dog that Saved the World (Cup)’
Read two different books by the same author. Which one did they prefer?
Read a non-fiction book and become an expert in something. Why not find out more about a sport or activity they enjoy doing?
Read a book outside. On a bench, in the park…on a trampoline?!
You can take part at your local library, where children can borrow and read books, eBooks and audiobooks of their choosing. For inspiration about what to read, there’s a Ready, Set Read! booklist, which includes picture books, early readers and non-fiction books.
To take part, just drop in to your local library and ask to register your child. If you are not already a member of the library, joining is free and easy (you will need to bring proof of address such as a utility bill).
If you can’t make it to a library, children can also take part via the official Summer Reading Challenge website, where they can sign up for a free Challenge profile and get book recommendations and tips for accessing books for free at home.
It’s not just about reading books though – to make the Summer Reading Challenge even more fun, there are lots of free events and activities taking place at libraries across Norfolk. Children can join in with sports-themed Lego clubs, sporty story sessions, robot football, stop motion animation sports day, sporty crafts – and much more!