Youngsters across Cheshire East are being encouraged to visit their local library during the school holidays and take part in the Summer Reading Challenge.
The event, which is designed for children aged four to 11, takes place annually and requires them to read six or more books of their choice and visit the library at least four times.
It will run between July 1 and September 9 and children can collect special rewards each time they finish a book. Everyone who completes the challenge will also receive a medal and a certificate at an award ceremony in September.
This year’s theme is Animal Agents and is illustrated by Tony Ross, who is the illustrator of the Horrid Henry books series. His illustrations for the Summer Reading Challenge feature a variety of clever creatures, specially trained to use their skills and natural instincts to unravel mysteries.
Libraries across Cheshire East will be holding activities and events throughout the school holidays to support the challenge, including an animal magic party, competitions, craft sessions, storytimes and interactive talks with bestselling authors.
Councillor Peter Groves, cabinet member for libraries at Cheshire East Council, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is a great initiative and one which captures children’s imagination and helps them to discover a love of reading.
“We’re really pleased to be able to support it once more and hope it will inspire even more youngsters to visit our libraries and access the fantastic facilities on offer.”
For a full list of activities, please visit your local library or the library’s dedicated Facebook page. While many of the events are free, places are limited and booking in advance may be necessary.
For more information about the challenge, visit: summerreadingchallenge.org.uk