Last year over 8000 Dorset children aged 4-12 years participated in the Summer Reading Challenge – the national Reading Challenge runs annually by libraries and The Reading Agency. This reader development promotion is designed to encourage 4-12 year olds to read for pleasure and to help maintain literacy levels over the summer holiday period. This year’s Challenge, “Mischief Makers” celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Beano comic. Children taking part in the Challenge will follow clues to explore their map of Beanotown. As they read library books they will collect special stickers to help them find the mysterious buried treasure.
How Mischief Makers will work (The promotion will run Saturday 7 July – Saturday 8 September in Dorset Public Libraries and Community Managed Libraries)
- Children join the Challenge at their local library or community managed library by filling in a registration card and collecting a fold out poster.
- As the children read or listen to six books they will be given six stickers.
- On reading six books and completing the Challenge the children will qualify for a medal which will be given to them in the library. A personalised certificate will be sent to their school for presentation. We will despatch early October.
- In addition, the Summer Reading Challenge website which is live all year will be given a makeover for the Challenge and offers a great range of information, useful links, activities and games to compliment the Challenge. www.mischief-makers.org.uk
- All Dorset Libraries will have a prominent display of books, posters and book reviews by the children.