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Wokingham borough libraries launch magical reading challenge

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Children are being invited to take part in a summer reading challenge Picture: Pixabay

YOUNGSTERS are invited to discover the ‘magic’ of books with Wokingham Borough Council’s Summer Reading Challenge.

It is encouraging four- to 12-year-olds to read six or more books on the theme of Wild World Heroes for the new scheme, which has been developed in partnership with The Reading Agency and WWF UK.

The Summer Reading Challenge aims to help children tackle real-life environmental issues, including deforestation and plastic pollution, and help pupils maintain their reading skills during the school holidays.

Cllr Bill Soane, executive member for neighbourhoods and communities at Wokingham Borough Council, said: “We hope that the project will inspire children to visit their local library and to read lots of great books throughout the summer and beyond.

“I’d like to encourage parents to get their little ones involved and nurture the love for reading.

“Wokingham Borough Libraries are full of wonderful titles to enjoy – I hope you escape and discover the world of magic within.”

To take part in the Summer Reading Challenge children must collect a starter pack from their nearest library.

According to Wokingham Borough Council, it includes incentives to read along the way and the programme could help children become more independent, imaginative and empathetic.

It will also help students transition between year groups and key stages.

The Challenge is running until Saturday, August 29.

Following the easing of coronavirus restrictions, libraries across Wokingham borough reopened on Monday. Visitors are encouraged to continue to wear facemasks and maintain social distancing.

To find out more, visit:  www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk or email libraries@wokingham.gov.uk

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