Young readers are invited to discover the science and innovation behind the world around them in this year’s summer reading challenge.
North Yorkshire Libraries and the Reading Agency are launching the challenge, which this year takes on the Gadgeteers theme, for children aged 4-11, encouraging them to read six library books over the summer holidays. The challenge aims to show children that science is all around them.
To participate, children must register at the nearest library, where they will receive a colorful fold-out poster showing the setting of this year’s challenge – an imaginary community center where the Gadgeteers are having a summer party.
As they read their chosen books, kids will receive stickers – some of which are actually scratch and sniff – that they can use to help Gadgeteers find inventions for the party . There are other free incentives to collect along the way, and everyone who completes the challenge will receive a medal and a certificate.
Libraries Executive Member Cllr Greg White said: “Registering children for the Summer Reading Challenge is a great way for parents and guardians to help them maintain their reading levels. The Gadgeteers theme is a wonderful way to help children see the importance of science in our daily lives.
Children can choose from a wide range of books at the library or download them as e-books from the online catalog. There are many new books on science and inventions, but readers can choose from six library books to count toward the challenge.
A program of events for families will support the challenge, including waste modelling, Lego sessions, science workshops, arts and crafts sessions, storytelling and theater performances. More details are available at libraries, on library Facebook pages and via schools.
Karen Napier, CEO of Reading Agency, said: “We are truly delighted to partner with the Science Museum Group for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Through our broader work with children and the STEM program, we know that reading and science go hand in hand. We are sure the Gadgeteers theme will inspire the creativity of kids across the country to use their innovation and imagination.
The challenge starts on Saturday July 16 and continues until Saturday September 10. To find learn more about the summer reading challenge.