More than 100,000 books read by children

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OVER 25,000 Hampshire children read more than 100,000 books as part of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Run by the Reading Agency, the challenge took part in libraries across the county. The aim was to encourage four to 11-year-olds to each read six books between the middle of July and mid September. 

A spokesperson for the Summer Reading Challenge said: ‘A special thanks goes to all the library staff and volunteers who contributed to the success of the Challenge, from running school assemblies to listening to children each time they returned to record their reading totals.’

This year’s theme was mischief makers in honour of the 80th anniversary of the Beano comic which continues to contain many popular characters including Dennis the Menace, The Bash Street Kids and Billy Whizz.

Each child who achieved the target received a gold medal and certificate along with a map of Beanotown