Children invited to take one small step towards reading this summer

Sunday 14th July 2019 23:06 BST

Children in Cornwall are being challenged to go on an out-of-this-world adventure for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

The national event, which runs until September 14, encourages children to read over the summer holidays.

This year’s theme is Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, and young readers will be tasked with reading six library books of their choice.

They can also join the space family, the Rockets, for a thrilling mission to track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens.

The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged four to eleven and is run in libraries across the UK to provide opportunities for children to read for pleasure rather than focusing on reading instruction.

Almost 8,000 Cornish children participated last year and Cornwall led the way in the South West with 71 per cent of readers completing the challenge.

To take part, children can visit their local library where librarians will register them for the challenge and give them some fun materials to get them started. 

Children can also complete the challenge using Cornwall Libraries’ free eResources and download books to read via the BorrowBox app. 

Cornwall Council's portfolio holder for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods Edwina Hannaford said: “This year’s Summer Reading Challenge Space Chase is about to lift off and we want as many children in Cornwall as possible to take part in this exciting mission to read for fun. Go to your local library, sign up for the challenge and get reading.”

More details can be found on Cornwall Council’s Libraries page.

There are also competitions, games and reading clubs online at

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