This year’s Summer Reading Challenge has been announced by Essex County Council, encouraging children across the county.
Children are being encouraged to unearth the Beanotown buried treasure in Essex Libraries this summer by taking part in Mischief Makers – the name of the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge.
The UK’s biggest annual reading initiative is delivered by The Reading Agency and libraries, who have partnered with Beano this year to help improve child literacy during the summer holidays when reading levels typically drop.
Cllr Susan Barker, Essex County Council’s Cabinet member for Customer and Corporate, said: “I’m pleased we’re again able to deliver the Summer Reading Challenge to Essex families and excited for children to experience and learn new things from the fantastic books our libraries have to offer.
“We know that reading is extremely important in helping children develop their language and communication skills and also a great way of supporting them to maintain these skills outside of term time.
“If your child is feeling a little mischievous this summer, head down to your local library and find out more.”
Children can earn their Mischief Makers certificate and medal by reading just six books.
Along the way children are also able to collect stickers (including some special smelly stickers) which will help them find the ‘buried treasure’ on their Beanotown map.
Maps are available from all Essex libraries.
Essex County Council suggest more than 46,000 families are expected to visit Essex Libraries as part of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge which is free and runs from Saturday 14th July until Saturday 1st September in all Essex Libraries, including mobile libraries.