Free summer holiday fun in Chester with the Summer Reading Challenge 2017
The Summer Reading Challenge is a brilliant free initiative from the Reading Agency which runs every summer holidays for kids aged 4-11.
Children’s reading tends to dip during the long summer break, meaning that they struggle when they return to (or start) school in September. The Summer Reading Challenge aims to combat this by setting kids the challenge of reading any six books over the summer holidays – one a week – and rewarding them with stickers and more.
Each year there is a different theme and this year it’s Animal Agents, illustrated by Tony Ross and featuring an animal agency staffed by all sorts of clever creatures ready to solve any sort of crime! Libraries will be running lots of free themed events, and, as well as stickers and other rewards, kids will also receive a special medal when they complete the challenge.
Local events include a chance to meet exotic wild animals with Animals Take Over, interactive visits from the Chester Zoo Rangers, fun hands on science with Molecular Marty and Physics in the Field, and adventures with Professor Mace’s Strange and Mysterious Beasts – click here for details of what’s on in libraries in Cheshire West.
To take part, simply head over to your local library and sign up, where you’ll be issued with your Summer Reading Challenge pack and can choose your first book. The scheme runs at nearly all libraries in the UK, meaning that you can still take part if you’re on holiday elsewhere in the UK over the summer break. You can also have a look at the Summer Reading Challenge website, where you can create an online profile, read more about the characters, join in games and competitions, and find help choosing your next book.
Find local Summer Reading Challenge events – and everything else that’s on this summer break – listed in our What’s On page here!