Local youngsters are invited to take the Jacqueline Wilson Challenge

PUBLISHED: 16:48 22 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:38 31 May 2010

YOUNGSTERS in Saffron Walden have been invited to take up a new reading challenge. Some of the most often borrowed books in Essex libraries are those written by children s author Jacqueline Wilson. Until January 31, 2009, Essex libraries, including Saf

YOUNGSTERS in Saffron Walden have been invited to take up a new reading challenge.

Some of the most often borrowed books in Essex libraries are those written by children's author Jacqueline Wilson.

Until January 31, 2009, Essex libraries, including Saffron Walden, are taking part in the Jacqueline Wilson Challenge in partnership with BBC Audiobooks.

To join the challenge children must read or listen to three Jacqueline Wilson books or audio books. In return, they will receive a signed certificate as well as a reading diary to record what they have read or listened to.

To join in, children just need to ask at the library for a registration form and then settle down with everyone's favourite author.

Councillor David Finch, Essex County Council cabinet member for adults, health and community wellbeing, said: "Jacqueline Wilson is a wonderful storyteller who really seems to understand what it is like to be a child in sometimes difficult circumstances. I hope that children will enjoy this challenge and will find new stories that keep them reading."

Other Essex libraries taking part in the Jacqueline Wilson Challenge are: Maldon, South Woodham Ferrers, Basildon, Rayleigh, Canvey, Harlow, Wickford, Brentwood, Colchester, Harwich, Frinton, Braintree, Halstead, Loughton and Clacton.

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