Summer reading challenge comes to Kirklees

Dennis the menace, Banana Man and Minnie the Minx

We are excited to announce that this year’s summer reading challenge will start on Saturday 14 July 2018.

The challenge is aimed at children aged 4 – 11 years it is free to join, they can sign up at any of our libraries from 14 July onward. This year’s theme is ‘Mischief Makers’ and is based on the much loved children’s comic, The Beano – which is celebrating its 80th Anniversary.

How does the summer reading challenge work?

Children have to visit the library at least 3 times over the course of the school summer holidays and must read at least 6 books to complete the challenge.

They can be any books they like – novels, fact books, joke books, e-books or audio books, they all count.

Anyone taking part can collect a fun Beanotown Map, stickers and prizes along the way and they’ll get certificate and medal if they complete the challenge.

Some great reading ideas

If your child is not sure where to start, they might like to check out the top ten kids books borrowed over the last 12 months.

  • Billionaire boy – David Walliams
  • Picture Perfect – Rosie Banks
  • The never ending birthday –  Katie Dale
  • Fashion fun – Rosie Banks
  • Must end soon  – Jonathan Meres
  • Brilliant bake off – Rosie Banks
  • Laugh out loud – James Patterson
  • The book you’re not supposed to have – Stephan Pastis
  • The witch’s vacuum cleaner: and other stories – Terry Pratchett
  • Top of the class (nearly) – Liz Pichon

Summer events and activities

Our libraries will also be offering a range of exciting children’s events and activities during the summer holidays including Mischief Lab science workshops (which include slime making), Cartoon Capers Family Storywalks and lots of prank making activities.

The summer reading challenge takes place annually in public libraries and has been shown to effectively combat the ‘dip’ which can occur in children’s reading levels during their long break from school over the summer At the heart of the challenge is children choosing and sharing books, in any format that they like.  If your child is visually impaired or finds printed books tricky, your local Kirklees library will be able to help suggest alternatives.

 If you still need some more inspiration to take part; Sarah, Mum to Isaac aged 7 said:

“The summ

er reading challenge was the only thing – and I mean the only thing – which got Isaac reading last year. It is a great idea and we loved taking part!”

Cllr Graham Turner Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries said:

“I am pleased to announce the summer reading challenge for this year,  libraries provide a great free way for children to access a wide variety of books and develop a love of reading.  They also provide some fantastic fun events for kids and adults and I am sure that slime making and prank activities will be very popular.  I would encourage everyone with young children to get them involved.”

How to get involved

Pick up a copy of the Highlights Brochure in your local library and book free tickets online here.

Mischief Makers has a dedicated website for children taking part in the challenge. As well as keeping track of their progress online, kids can have all kinds of fun here! There are games and competitions, children can send messages and even find out what to read next using the book sorter.




All the images are ©DC Thomson Ltd (2018).

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