Every year, thousands of families all over Wales are involved in the UK's biggest reading event for children in libraries, the Summer Reading Challenge, which aims to get children to read six books from their library during the summer holidays.
The challenge is completely free – and every child will receive a membership card or pack in which they can collect stickers as they read the books and a challenge activity kit to complete. Most libraries also have other incentives to make it a fun experience. To sign up, families just need to head to the local library at the beginning of the summer holidays.
This year’s challenge is themed around London 2012 and is called StoryLab. It is designed for children between 4 and 11 years old of all reading abilities. They can read any books they like: fact books, stories, joke books, picture books – audio books and e-books count too as long as they’re borrowed from the library.
Libraries will also have lots of special events during the holidays to help celebrate London 2012. For parents who haven’t joined yet, it’s the perfect opportunity – anyone can join a library and it's all free.
Huw Lewis said:
"The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to encourage children to read and it’s good to see that all Welsh library services are participating, ensuring that children across Wales can take part.
"Reading is such a rewarding pastime for children and is fundamental to their development. Not only does it improve literacy skills, but it boosts their knowledge and most importantly fuels their imagination. If this wet weather continues into the summer holidays, what better way to keep them occupied when they can’t get out and about!"