Challenge opens a new chapter for young readers

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DOZENS of children have embarked on the Summer Reading Challenge in Northumberland – but there’s still time for more to get on board.

The challenge runs in local libraries, including Morpeth and Ponteland, as part of a national initiative by The Reading Agency to encourage children to discover the joy of books.

Youngsters are invited to read at least six books of their choice during the school holidays, collecting incentives and rewards along the way.

A free, colourful starter pack is provided, while an interactive website enables participants to discuss their favourite books with top authors and illustrators, and various activities are held at libraries to enhance the reading experience.

All those who complete the challenge will be invited to a special ceremony to receive a medal and certificate.

Northumberland County Council Executive Member for Libraries Neil Bradbury said: “It’s great to see so many children have signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge already. Summer holidays are all about relaxing and enjoying yourself and what could be more relaxing than reading a good book?

“There’s still plenty of time to join in and read six books to gain your medal and certificate.”

To find out more or to register for the challenge visit your local library.