This year’s summer reading challenge has been praised by local MP Priti Patel.
The Stanway and Witham MP is supporting the challenge calling on young people to become ‘Mischief Makers’; the theme of this year’s challenge.
Running throughout the summer break, libraries across Essex are encouraging children to read at least six books as part of the challenge.
This year’s challenge has been devised to coincide with the 80th anniversary of popular comic, The Beano.
Priti said: “The Mischief Makers reading challenge is a fun and exciting way to get young people to read during the summer break.
“There’s still plenty of time to sign up at your local library and complete the challenge.”
“I encourage young people across Essex to go to their local library this summer and be a ‘Mischief Maker’.”
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.”
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.