What’s it all about?
The Summer Reading Challenge is a project set up by The Reading Agency which was set up in 1999 to encourage children to read over the summer holidays. It is aimed at children aged 4 – 11 and is a challenge of reading 6 books or more over the holiday period. Last year the number of children who took part reached over 800,000, and in Brighton over 2,600 children signed up and over 900 completed the challenge.
What’s the theme?
This year the theme is Record Breakers, and so the prizes and activities taking place relate to this theme. For example, the prizes the children get after they read 2 books, 6 in total, involve stickers, wrist bands, a fortune teller and at the end a medal and DVD voucher. The stickers and the booklet in which they stick them in contain facts about records.
With this year’s theme comes an array of characters in which the children can choose and write their name on the bookmark at the start of the challenge. They can also write book reviews after reading their books and these get stuck up on displays.
– Team Read
– Story Lab
– Mythical Maze
Things to do in the Library
The activities in Jubilee Library include a treasure hunt, find the template and lots of fun puzzles. The treasure hunt and puzzles are provided and these have the record breaker characters on them; these include colouring in, word searches quizzes and many more. As well as this, the stencil and template hunt is where kids pick a stencil from a lucky dip and have to find the template to match in order to find the fact written on it to win a prize.
The treasure hunt involves an app on a smart phone where you have to take pictures of the characters which can be found around the library and in doing so unlocks games!
‘It was full of action and adventure’
‘It was very mysterious and each sentence ended with a cliff-hanger
‘Lady Jane was very brave and it taught me I should be brave’