The Summer Reading Challenge will return to libraries

Dudley Library

Libraries across Dudley borough will be taking part in the 2023 Summer Reading Challenge. The Challenge is a national initiative aimed at children aged 4 to 11 years, tasking them to read six or more library books over the summer holidays.

Children who take part will receive stickers and other rewards for every book read, while those who complete the six-book challenge will also win a medal and certificate.

This year the Summer Reading Challenge has a sporting theme, which has been developed in collaboration with the Youth Sport Trust. It will celebrate play and participation and encourage children to get involved in games and sports in a way that best suits them.

Children can sign up at their local library to start the challenge and choose the books they want to read; these can range from fact or fiction to poetry, joke books or even graphic novels.

Library staff and volunteers are on hand to chat to children about books they have read. Councillor Ian Bevan, cabinet member responsible for libraries, said:

“I know it can sometimes prove difficult to keep children busy over the long summer holidays.

“Fortunately, The Summer Reading Challenge, is a fun, free and weather-proof activity that encourages children to develop a passion for reading and the habit of doing so for pleasure.

“We know that reading all year round is very important for children and this is a great way for them to build on what they have already been enjoying in school and at home throughout the year.

“The challenge allows children to make their own reading choices and there is something for everyone to enjoy in our libraries.”


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