Blast off for children’s reading challenge

Published Wednesday, 26th June 2019

There’s fun with a space age theme in store for Hartlepool youngsters in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge at the town’s community hubs and libraries.

Aimed at children aged four to 11, the challenge is to read six books of their choice over the summer, in return for which they will receive stickers, gifts, a medal and a certificate. It’s backed by activities at all the venues.

This year’s challenge is called ‘Space Chase’, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Space Chase

Children will 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 they read their books over the summer, they will receive special stickers – some with mysterious smells! By adding these stickers to their map, they will help the Rockets solve clues, dodge asteroids and find the missing books, with lots of fun and adventures along the way.

Councillor Sue Little, Chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Adult and Community-Based Services Committee, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is one of the most popular events in our calendar – last year over 1,100 children took part - and this year’s space theme is sure to make it out of this world!

“As well as being great fun, the Challenge helps boost children’s reading over the summer months while also keeping them entertained with some hands-on activities.

“In addition to the Reading Challenge, there are also some separate events for the under fives which are a fantastic way to introduce the very young to the excitement of a visit to their local library or community hub.”

Youngsters can sign up to the reading challenge at any of Hartlepool’s community hubs and libraries from Saturday 13 July and throughout the school summer holidays.

For details of the full programme, including the separate events for children under five, click here