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Summer Reading Challenge 2023 gets underway

Pupils, representatives from Leicester City Council and Leicester City Football Club at the launch

AN annual summer scheme to encourage children to keep up their reading during the school holidays has been launched this week.

The Summer Reading Challenge 2023 comprises a programme of reading-themed events and activities throughout the school holidays, giving children the chance to win stickers, rewards and other collectibles.

It was launched at the King Power Stadium, on Friday, June 30, with the help of around 90 pupils from three city primary schools.

The launch showcased a series of workshops, including Leicester City in the Community, Leicester Libraries’ storytelling and a talk by a football club historian.

Pupils from Heatherbrook Primary School, St Barnabas Primary School and Taylor Road Primary School took part in the launch events, which ran from 10am to 2pm.

This year’s campaign – entitled Ready, Set, Read! – focuses on sports and games, and runs throughout the summer from July 1 to September 17.

Children can sign up to the challenge at their local Leicester library, to borrow books which fire their imaginations and to get involved in the range of activities on offer.

Drop-in activities take place in all city libraries from July 17 to 20, while a programme of Family Fun at the Library takes place across the city from July 24 to August 17, including games, puzzles, crafts and stories.

Town Hall Square will host the Children’s Bookbus and a storytelling session on Wednesday, July 26, while National Play Day on August 2 will also see a range of activities taking place in Town Hall Square and the nearby Central Library.

Full details of all events are available at Leicester City Council’s website here

For information, online games and activities, or to find out more about the most popular children’s authors, visit the Summer Reading Challenge website here.  

The Summer Reading Challenge 2023 is produced by The Reading Agency and delivered in partnership with libraries.

Leicester deputy city mayor for social care, health and community safety, Cllr Sarah Russell, said: “Reading is a vital part of children’s education, but books are also the doorway to a whole world of brilliant stories, adventures, facts and knowledge of the world around us.

“The Summer Reading Challenge is a fun way to ensure children don’t stop reading just because it’s the school holidays. There’s a programme of activities, prizes and workshops throughout the summer to keep children entertained and engaged.

“Our libraries across the city are taking part in these events, most of which are completely free to get involved with. It’s a great way to keep exploring the world of books and stories, and for children to keep up with their reading skills.”