Delyn MP David Hanson is backing the Summer Reading Challenge, which aims to keep 650,000 young people across the UK active and reading throughout the summer holidays. After attending a House of Commons reception he visited Flint library to donate a number of children’s books and to promote the reading challenge across Flintshire.
The Summer Reading Challenge to children is simple – read six books through your local library this summer. Children are given a special pack and a set of incentives to collect as they read, with a certificate or medal for those that successfully complete the Challenge, which has a different theme each year. This year’s Challenge has a sporting theme and is called Team Read, with a programme of activities, incentives and an interactive website.
David Hanson said:
“I was pleased to attend the launch of the Summer Reading Challenge which is supported by libraries in Delyn each summer. I am delighted by this year’s sporting theme, and hope it will encourage more children than ever to join in.
“The challenge should keep the children of Delyn active and interested throughout the long summer holidays, and could help develop a positive attitude towards leisure time which they will take with them into adult life.”
The Summer Reading Challenge is 10 years old this year. It is created and run by The Reading Agency, the independent charity working to get people reading more, in partnership with the UK library network and supported by children’s book publishers.
Research shows how central reading for pleasure is for children’s life chances, and the Summer Reading Challenge is shown to improve children’s reading range, confidence and enjoyment. Schools say that this contributes to their overall confidence and reading achievement, with potentially life-changing results.
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Please find enclosed photographs of David Hanson MP and Kate Leonard, Community Librarian
· Founded in 2002, The Reading Agency is an independent charity and reading development agency. For more general information, please visit:www.readingagency.org.uk
- Research shows that when public library and school staff work together, children’s reading enjoyment and skills can improve dramatically. Recent national initiatives and government policies have focused on different sectors working together to achieve shared objectives, and Every Child Matters in particular creates a crucial new partnership framework. Libraries have a unique role in this process, because they can link formal and informal learning experiences.
- Importance of reading for pleasure for children’s life chances:Reading For Change, OECD, 2002. This showed that students who were more enthusiastic about and engaged in reading performed better in tests, and that being a frequent reader was more of an advantage, on its own, than wealth or social status.
- Summer Reading Challenge research: Inspiring Children: The Impact of the Summer Reading Challenge, 2003, and Summer Reading Challenge 2006: Impact Research (both available to download from www.readingagency.org.uk) show how libraries can inspire children’s love of reading, widen their reading horizons and build their creativity.
- The 2008 National Year of Reading is a year-long celebration of reading in all its forms. It aims to build a greater national passion for reading – for children, families and adult learners alike. The Year will encourage people to read in businesses, homes and communities around the country, providing new opportunities to read and helping people to access help and support through schools and libraries. To get involved and sign up to Year of Reading activities in your area, log on to: www.yearofreading.org.uk