Summer reading challenge. Image supplied by Central Bedfordshire Council

Summer Reading Challenge

Central Bedfordshire libraries Summer Reading Challenge is in full swing. Children can sign up anytime during the summer, and can collect rewards until 9 September.

Dermot O’Leary, an advocate for the Summer Reading Challenge campaign, said:

“I love the Summer Reading Challenge because it enables children to transition reading from being an activity you do in the confines of a classroom to something you can do for a bit of fun in your spare time.

“It instils in kids a real sense of pride in their achievements, and sets them up with a positive relationship with reading that is priceless in the future.”

The Tony Ross illustrated theme is Animal Agents. It will encourage kids to read by revealing clues to help them crack a case in the library.

Stamps mean prizes

Libraries are issuing special stamp cards. Stamps are awarded each time a book is returned.

The stamps can be collected to earn rewards.

  • 6 books will earn an Animal Agents certificate
  • 12 books will earn an Animal Agents wristband
  • read 18 books and get one of the prized Summer Reading Challenge gold medals

Last year almost 5,000 children took part in the challenge.

Summer reading challenge is illustrated by Tony Ross. Image supplied by Central Bedfordshire Council

Other library events this summer

Find out more on the Bedford Borough Council/Central Bedfordshire Council virtual library or ask at your local library.

The Summer Reading Challenge website has news, games and book recommendations. There are also competitions such as describing suspects and designing a new animal agent.