Success as children do Hampshire council reading challenge

MORE than 25,000 children took part in a summer reading challenge.

Between them, the youngsters read 100,000 books for the Hampshire County Council scheme.

Children aimed four to 11 were tasked with reading six books between July and September and this year’s theme was Mischief Makers in honour of the 80th anniversary of the Beano comics.

Councillor Sean Woodward, executive member for recreation and heritage, said: ‘Our young readers have done brilliantly well in the Summer Reading Challenge and it was great to see the range of books being read.

‘My congratulations go to all those who took part.’

Each finisher received a gold medal and certificate in recognition of their achievement as well as a completed map of Beanotown.

Cllr Woodward added: ‘A special thanks goes to all the library staff and volunteers, including our young volunteers, who contributed to the success of the challenge.’