It’s big, it’s friendly and it’s coming to a library near you.
This summer’s Roald Dahl themed reading challenge ‘The Big Friendly Read’ is available in all Tameside libraries and will include lots of free fun activities and prizes.
Organised by The Reading Agency charity and the public library network, the annual Summer Reading Challenge, aimed at 4 - 11 year olds and their families, is simple and fun.
Children are encouraged to read six library books over the summer with smelly activity cards to collect along the way and a wristband, certificate and medal for every child who completes the Challenge. There’s a website and app to add to the fun too!
This year, every child in Tameside who completes the Challenge by 24 September 2016 will also be entered into a special prize draw sponsored by Active Tameside, for a chance to win a Clip ’n Climb experience for up to 10 people at Sky High Adventure!
The Summer Reading Challenge combines free access to books with fun, creative activities in the library and helps prevent the dip in children’s reading which can occur over the summer holidays.
Last year in Tameside, 2726 children took part, and the aim is to get even more children joining in this year.
Tilly, aged 10, from Stalybridge said last year: “I think Record Breakers is brilliant because it gets more children into reading and it spreads the word about how fantastic reading is!”
There are free, fun activities in libraries throughout the summer too for all those taking part in The Big Friendly Read, including crafts and treasure hunts and drama activities, all with Roald Dahl themes. For full details of all the activities see www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries/srcactivities