There's going to be a lot of mischief going on when the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge launches in Hertfordshire libraries this year! To celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the much-loved Beano, this year’s challenge is called Mischief Makers, and will centre round the adventures of the most infamous mischief makers of them all – Dennis and Gnasher!
Overseen by The Reading Agency, the Summer Reading Challenge takes place each year in libraries across the UK. It’s an opportunity for children of all ages and abilities to develop their reading skills throughout the holidays.
Once again, Hertfordshire Libraries are challenging children to read six library books over the summer and return to the library to tell our staff all about them. They can read anything, including story books, fact books, talking books, and even e-books (available to download for free from our e-library).
As part of this year’s challenge, children will use a map of Beanotown to search for a mysterious buried treasure. For each book that they report back on, they’ll collect smelly stickers that provide clues to the treasure’s location. Dennis and Gnasher will be on hand to help them solve these clues, along with their friends Pie Face, Rubi and JJ!
Every child who finishes their six books by Saturday 8th September will be crowned mischief makers themselves, and receive both a medal and a certificate. They’ll also have the chance to win a ticket to a special Mega Mischief Makers Mash-Up author event during November half-term!
The challenge is free to take part in – All children need to do is visit their local library from 14th July to collect a starter pack, while stocks last, and complete their six books before 8th September. They can also visit www.mischief-makers.org.uk for more activities and games.
A huge success with Hertfordshire families year after year, the Summer Reading Challenge is the perfect way to share books together and spark a lifelong love of reading for pleasure. As one parent commented, ‘My son really enjoyed the Summer Reading Challenge 2017; he loved coming to talk to the staff and volunteers about the books he’d read, and enjoyed collecting the stickers. He is already excited for the Summer Reading Challenge 2018 and can’t wait to get started!’
With over 20,000 children taking part last year across Hertfordshire, would you want to miss out?
For more details, visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/libraries, call 0300 123 4049, or drop into your local library.
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