Splendiferous results in Hampshire reading challenge

More than 25,000 children took part in the county council's summer reading challenge
More than 25,000 children took part in the county council's summer reading challenge
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HAMPSHIRE County Council libraries see more than 25,000 children take part in their Summer Reading Challenge

Run by the Reading Agency, the scheme invites primary school pupils from all over the county to read any six library books during the summer holidays.

It’s been great to see so many children enjoying taking part and completing the challenge during the school holidays.

Councillor Andrew Gibson

This year, the theme was the Big Friendly Read, to mark 100 years since the birth of much-loved British author Roald Dahl.

Over the nine weeks, more than 15,500 children completed the challenge in Hampshire, seeing an eight per cent increase on last year’s 10 week-long Record Breakers theme.

This year, each finisher received a special edition set of Quentin Blake illustrated collectors’ cards, a gold medal and a certificate in recognition of their achievement.

Councillor Andrew Gibson, the council’s executive member for culture, recreation and countryside, said: ‘It’s been great to see so many children enjoying taking part and completing the challenge during the school holidays.

‘There’s been real excitement about it across our libraries, thanks in part to the magic of the Roald Dahl stories coming to life on paper, stage and screen in this special celebratory year.

‘Thanks to staff and volunteers who have played an important part in this year’s success.

‘It’s just one example of how reading books offers endless adventure and imagination for young children.’