Kent libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books over the next few weeks as they take part in Space Chase, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.
The Space Chase theme is inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, and children aged 4-11 are invited to team up with futuristic family The Rockets for an exciting space mission as they track down books stolen by a mischievous band of aliens.
As children read library books for the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells. By adding these stickers to their collectable mission folders, young readers will help the Rockets solve clues, dodge asteroids and discover the missing books, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.
To take part in Space Chase, 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.
Last year more than 17,000 Kent youngsters took part in the Mischief Makers challenge.
Space Chase launches in libraries across Kent on Saturday, 13 July, and runs until 14 September.
There is a whole programme of events and activities planned at Kent libraries for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge, which is organised nationally by The Reading Agency. Just contact your local library or go to www.kent.gov.uk/libs to find out how to take part.
Mike Hill, KCC’s Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is a brilliant initiative which encourages children to get into the habit of reading regularly.
“Their reading can dip during the summer holidays if they do not have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure. The Summer Reading Challenge helps to address this.
“Children have the whole summer to do it – the challenge does not finish until 14 September and we would like as many children as possible to take part.”
Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency said: “We know from our research that families and children love taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge, and we are proud to have been running the challenge for 20 years.
“Children have worked with illustrator Adam Stower to come up with ideas for the Space Chase adventure, and we hope the challenge will inspire all children to use their local library and to read lots of great books throughout the summer and beyond.”