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Summer reading lists

Will you be putting together a summer reading list?

It is certainly amongst my to-do items, and I shall also be casting my attention to my son’s summer reading soon.

Reading throughout the impending school holidays can be of enormous benefit.  As well as keeping children in the good habit of reading, the extra freedom of reading exactly what they want to, can turn a possible chore into a positive joy.

That’s the hope of the Reading Agency, who will soon be releasing their Summer Reading Challenge.

Libraries from all over the country will be involved in rewarding children for their reading throughout the summer.

The challenge for children aged between 4 and 11 is simple, read six or more books of their choice.

They will be incentivised by receiving collectable items and rewards along the way, with certificates and medals for all that complete the challenge successfully.

This year’s theme is space, and has been called Space Hop.  Children will be boldly going where no one has been before, as they continue to nurture a life-long love of reading books through an exciting galaxy.

As well as having a tangible Space Hop pack, there is also an interactive website linking children with top authors and illustrators, and giving them the chance to share and discuss their favourite books and reading tips.

My local library will be registering children from the 10th of July, and you should get in touch with your local library to see how and when you can get involved.

And how should we put together a quality reading list?

Well of course children can look for books they have yet to read from their favourite authors, but if you’re at a library already, it is a good idea to make use of the experts at your disposal.

Terry wrote an excellent post on the Booklights blog about how to make a great summer reading list.  As well as exploiting initiatives such as Space Hop, libraries are an excellent resource for putting together a book list.

Based on age, author, or even subject.  If you have a passion for bugs, or princesses, then it is the experts at the library, who will be able to point you in the direction of books about, or containing, your favoured subject.

So will your children be taking up the challenge? Or were yours some of the 750,000 to benefit from this initiative last year?

3 thoughts on “Summer reading lists”

  • Philip Bell

    We saw this in our local library yesterday - looks great. We are really looking forward to getting our children involved so out little boy continues his enthusiasm for reading over the summer.

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  • Ruth

    My son is looking forward to this with anticipation, as he enjoyed the competitive element of reading 6 books in last summer's scheme and comparing with friends. They also get a certificate given out in school assemblies if they complete the challenge which is a really nice acknowledgement.

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