IT’S been a huge success in the past and now the Summer Reading Challenge is making a welcome return.
From today, Portsmouth children and parents are invited to sign up at their local library branch for the annual challenge.
The theme for this year’s challenge is Enter the Mythical Maze.
The challenge encourages children aged four to 11 to read six books during the summer holiday.
Sandra King, 39, has three children who all enjoy reading, and two of them have supported the scheme in the past.
Sandra, from Folkestone Road in Copnor, takes her children to Alderman Lacey Library. She said: ‘We visit the library a lot over the summer holidays as it’s a free thing to do. It’s really good.
‘The six-week holiday is such a long time and they do a lot of literacy work over the year.
‘It’s quite a big gap but this keeps them going and it encourages them.
‘It keeps their reading skills up and it gets them in the library.’
When children sign up, each child will receive a Mythical Maze poster, and every time children finish a book, they get stickers and rewards.
In Portsmouth, interest in the challenge has grown since 2008, with the number of participants increasing by 122 per cent.
Councillor Neill Young, cabinet member for children and education, said: ‘This challenge is a wonderful opportunity for families to enrich their children’s summer with the wide selection of books offered by their local library, while preparing them for the coming school term.’
A winner’s event with certificates and medals for children who complete the challenge will be held at Southsea Castle on Saturday, September 20.