Youngsters urged to get their books out

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CHILDREN in Portsmouth are being encouraged to sign up for the Creepy House summer reading challenge.

The summer reading challenge, organised by the Reading Agency, is a fun, free way to get children enjoying books and discovering new stories.

As part of the challenge which starts on Saturday, July 13, children can collect stickers for every book they read.

Councillor Lee Hunt, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport at the council, said: ‘The summer reading challenge is an excellent way to keep children reading throughout the school holidays.

‘It’s fun and they often read a lot more than the six books needed to complete the challenge. We had a record number complete it last year, so I hope even more children will get involved and enjoy reading this summer.’

David Percival, libraries learning and engagement manager at the council, added: ‘Parents and carers love it because it gives their children the chance to keep up their reading skills over the long school break, and children love it because it’s so much fun.’

Visit portsmouthcc.gov.uk and search for libraries.