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The Summer Reading Challenge returns

The Summer Reading Challenge returns

Young readers across Bristol are being challenged to read six books over the summer holidays in a free annual event beginning on Saturday 9 July.

14 June 2022

This year, The Reading Agency have teamed up with the Science Museum Group to offer a science-themed challenge; Gadgeteers.

Gadgeteers encourages children to have fun reading and discover many aspects of science engagement, including food, fashion, music, and sport.

There is something for all young readers to enjoy in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which will feature inspiring books and rewards to keep children entertained.

Councillor Ellie King, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Public Health and Communities, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is a wonderful way to encourage young readers to get excited about books and reading that’s engaging and fun. We are delighted to be working alongside the Science Museum Group to offer a science-themed challenge this summer. The Gadgeteers-theme aims to show our children that science is all around us, as well as to inspire children to think creatively about science. 

“It will be great to see children and families making the most of this fun and free initiative which is both stimulating and educational over the summer holiday.”

To take part in Gadgeteers, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library, where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey. As children read library books, they will receive special stickers, and will be rewarded with a medal and certificate at the end of the challenge. Young readers can also take part online with the digital challenge, with fun online games and rewards.

There are lots of events and activities planned at Bristol libraries for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge, including interesting children’s author events, and arts and crafts. Library staff have also been attending school assemblies across the city to promote the challenge.

Children can find competitions, challenges, author interviews, news, and the book sorter - which recommends what children might like to read next, on the Summer Reading Challenge website throughout the year.

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