This year’s Challenge has a sporting theme and is called Team Read, with a programme of activities, incentives and an interactive website.
Roger Gale said: I was pleased to attend the launch of the Summer Reading Challenge which is supported by libraries in Thanet North each summer. I am delighted by this year’s sporting theme, and hope it will encourage more children than ever to join in.
The challenge should keep the children of Thanet North active and interested throughout the long summer holidays, and could help develop a positive attitude towards leisure time which they will take with them into adult life.”
The Summer Reading Challenge is 10 years old this year. It is created and run by The Reading Agency, the independent charity working to get people reading more, in partnership with the UK library network and supported by children’s book publishers.
Research shows how central reading for pleasure is for children’s life chances, and the Summer Reading Challenge is shown to improve children’s reading range, confidence and enjoyment. Schools say that this contributes to their overall confidence and reading achievement, with potentially life-changing results.
Roger Gale was presented with a set of books, donated by children’s publishers, which he has passed to Westgate library.
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