Local MP Caroline Dinenage is urging primary school children across Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head to get involved in the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge.
This year the challenge has teamed up with Guinness World Records to create Record Breakers.
The challenge is to read or listen to six library books between July 11 and September 13.
When children sign up at the library, they will receive a special poster and as they borrow and read library books over the summer, they will collect stickers to complete their poster and discover fascinating facts about Record Breakers as they go.
Speaking in support of the initiative, Caroline said: ‘It is really important to get children into reading from an early age as it boosts confidence and improves life chances, which is why this campaign is so valuable.
‘I am delighted that Gosport Discovery Centre will be facilitating the Summer Reading Challenge and would urge young people from across our area to get involved.
‘Last year 26,768 children in Hampshire took part in the Challenge.
‘I hope we can increase that number this year and show local libraries what a crucial resource they are to us and help set a world record at the same time.’
The Reading Agency is calling on people of all ages across the country to pledge to use their local library over the summer and help libraries set a Guinness World Record for the most pledges for a reading campaign.
The Summer Reading Challenge is facilitated by a unique partnership between The Reading Agency and public libraries across the UK and got 810,000 children reading last year. Children can use the special website recordbreakers.org.uk to create a profile, chat about books, and get help on what to read next, via the digital Book Sorter which already offers over 450,000 peer to peer children’s book recommendations in child-friendly categories.
For more information on the Summer Reading Challenge, including how to get involved and resources for schools, visit readingagency.org.uk/summerread ingchallenge.