THOUSANDS of children from across the area stuck their head in a book this summer as part of a successful reading campaign.
Hampshire County Council’s summer reading challenge captured the imagination of 23,000 young children across the county.
It is an annual event that takes place at all of Hampshire’s libraries and discovery centres aimed at four to 11-year-olds and encourages children to read six books over the school summer holidays.
The challenge links in with The News Read All About It to improve literacy across the area.
Almost 15,000 children completed the challenge and received a medal and certificate.
Councillor Keith Chapman, the county council’s executive member for culture and recreation, said: ‘I’m delighted that so many children took up the summer reading challenge this year.
‘It’s a great way for children to maintain and improve their reading skills during the school holidays, before they return for the new term in September.
‘This year’s figures show a fantastic commitment from library staff and volunteers in getting children involved, and listening to youngsters talk about the books they have read.’
Ashley Adkin, assistant library manager at Fareham Library, said: ‘I do think it went quite well.
‘We had a lot of positive comments from the parents and the children. They all seemed to enjoy it.
‘It’s very important. It maintains the interest in reading over the summer holidays when they have broken up from school.
‘They get into different authors and a lot of different books. Getting them to read information books is also important as it broadens their knowledge.’
Events and activities to keep children excited about reading are held in libraries and discovery centres all year round.
To find out what is happening in your local library please visit hants.gov.uk/library.