Hampshire pupils to take on circus reading challenge

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THE circus will hit Hampshire libraries this summer to encourage children to read more.

The summer reading challenge, called Circus Stars, is urging children aged between four and 11 to read six books.

To encourage children to keep reading, they will be given a 3D circus stage to build, with stickers to collect along the way.

Once they have completed the challenge they will receive a medal and certificate.

The challenge is designed to introduce children to new books and authors as well as building their confidence in reading.

Hampshire county councillor Keith Chapman, in charge of culture and recreation, said: ‘The Summer Reading Challenge has been running for 10 years in Hampshire and every year more and more children take part.

‘We really encourage children to take part to make sure they keep up their reading ability over such a long break before they return to school.’

Every child in a Hampshire primary school will receive an invitation to join and information will be given in assemblies.

The challenge will run from July 18 to September 11.

The Summer Reading Challenge is organised by The Reading Agency.

Visit hants.gov.uk.

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