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Summer Reading Challenge activities in public libraries

The Reading Agency has published a report on the success of last year's summer holiday Reading Challenge, the Reading Rollercoaster. This can be found at www.readingagency.org.uk

This year's Challenge will be called the Reading Voyage, and will invite children on a voyage of discovery into the wonderful world of books. It will be launched in public libraries throughout the UK at the start of the school summer holidays. When they join the Reading Voyage, children will be given their own personal Ship’s Reading Log, packed with puzzles and challenges to complete over the summer by collecting stickers and incentives, thus providing them with lots of reasons to keep coming back to the library - and to read for enjoyment!

This nautical theme complements the SeaBritain2005 campaign, the year-long festival of events which explores the UK’s rich maritime heritage, and during which many libraries are working in partnership with museums to target family audiences.

There will be a powerful, creative combination of resources available for children to support the challenge. These include a website on which children can dive into the interactive panoramic ‘habitats’ of Jacqueline Wilson, Anthony Horowitz and other top authors including Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo. Children can explore how writers create their stories, and are encouraged to read and write more themselves. Through a link with the Stories from the Web children’s website, they will be able to contribute reviews and see what other children are reading.

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