Wiltshire Council libraries are calling for children to read six books as part of the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge 2018.
The challenge asks 4 – 11 year-olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer holidays. The Mischief Makers theme is inspired by the Beano comic, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.
Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find a hidden treasure chest full of pranks and become ultimate mischief makers!
As children read and return their books they will receive stickers, some with mysterious smells. By adding these stickers to their Beanotown map, young readers will help Dennis, Gnasher and friends solve clues and discover the treasure, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.
Children can sign up at their nearest library where they will be issued with a membership card and once they’ve read their first book, they will receive a colourful collector’s map of Beanotown to keep a record of their reading journey.
Mischief Makers launches in all 31 libraries across Wiltshire on 14 July and runs until 8 September. More than 250 volunteers will be supporting the Summer Reading Challenge in Wiltshire’s libraries helping children to take part and enjoy this year’s challenge.
Wiltshire Council is hoping to top last year’s participation, when 9,370 children took part in the Animal Agents-themed challenge. Together they read 39,019 books.
John Thomson, cabinet member for libraries, said: “This is a very popular and successful annual reading activity for children and we would encourage more children to take part this year and enjoy the Mischief Makers. I would like to thank the many volunteers who give up their time to support this fun and extremely worthwhile programme. It is good to see so many young people reading especially in the summer holidays when they are on a break from school. We know that the summer reading challenge helps creativity and learning and by making it fun lots of young people participate. I hope even more will take part this year.”
There will also be children’s activities in a number of Wiltshire libraries this summer. Bradford on Avon library will host the town’s Mini Book Festival for children on 14 July. Malmesbury library stage their Children and Young People’s Book Festival from 30 July to 2 August.
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue service will also offer story times in a number of larger libraries for families with young children based on keeping safe around water over the summer.
Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency said:”Everything changes when we read and we know from our research how much fun families and children have when taking part in the challenge.
“Mischief Makers offers intergenerational appeal and we hope this family-friendly, accessible theme will inspire more children than ever to read over the holidays and make use of their local library throughout the summer and beyond.”