Summer reading challenge - 'mischief makers'

The summer reading challenge, organised by The Reading Agency charity, is aimed at children aged four to 11 and is running in all North Yorkshire libraries.

Summer reading challenge - 'mischief makers' logo.

The free summer reading challenge started on 14 July and runs until Saturday 8 September.

This year's theme is 'mischief makers', inspired by much-loved children's comic, The Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year.

The challenge is to read six library books over the summer. As they read their chosen books, children will receive stickers - some with mysterious smells... By adding stickers to their map, readers will help Dennis, Gnasher and friends solve clues and discover the treasure, having adventures along the way. During their reading journey they’ll receive other free incentives, including a door hanger, colour-in comic glasses and a striped wrist band. Children who complete the challenge will be awarded a medal and a certificate to celebrate their achievement.

To take part in the challenge, children just need to sign up at their nearest library as members and they will be given a colourful collector’s map of Beanotown to keep a record of their summer reading challenge journey.

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This year there’s also a mini Gnasher challenge for pre-schoolers with stickers and certificates for little ones to collect. It’s the perfect time for all the family to develop the reading habit so come along and see what’s on offer at your local library!

Last summer, around 10,000 children joined the summer reading challenge in North Yorkshire libraries. You can find out about joining the library here.