Get reading to collect stickers for challenge

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CHILDREN across Hampshire are being encouraged to get their books out as part of the Summer Reading Challenge.

Taking place in Hampshire’s libraries from Saturday, July 13, until Sunday, September 15, it takes on a Creepy House theme to boost the imagination of children and encourage them to get into reading.

This year, Hampshire County Council is inviting children to step into the ‘Creepy House’ and fill it with a strange assortment of characters by collecting stickers for each book they read.

Once children have read six books, they will receive a certificate and a gold medal.

It is free and is aimed at four four to 11-year-olds.

Councillor Keith Chapman executive member for culture, recreation and countryside, said: ‘The Summer Reading Challenge is an ideal activity for children starting school in September – they do not have to read to be able to take part, but can talk about the books that they have had read to them.

‘The Summer Reading Challenge has been running for 12 years in Hampshire and every year, more children are inspired to take part.’