Children encouraged to sign up for Roald Dahl-themed reading challenge

Saffron Walden MP Sir Alan Haselhurst, who visited Broomfield Library to promote the children's read

Saffron Walden MP Sir Alan Haselhurst, who visited Broomfield Library to promote the children's reading challenge - Credit: Archant

Libraries across Essex are calling for children to register to read six books in a summer reading challenge, and 12,000 youngsters have already signed up.

The Summer Reading Challenge 2016 asks 4-11 year-olds to borrow and read any six library books by September 3, the end of the school holidays.

To celebrate 100 years since the birth author Roald Dahl, the challenge this year has been renamed the Big Friendly Read.

Children can register at the library in their area and will receive a free activity pack.

The scheme is being supported by the MP for Saffron Walden, Sir Alan Haselhurst, who said: “I was delighted to see the impact that the summer reading challenge has had on children in the district.

“It should be applauded for the way it has encouraged higher levels of reading.

“I hope all those taking part have an enjoyable and educational summer of reading.”

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Youngsters can download a Reading Challenge app, which includes rare recordings of Roald Dahl sharing his writing techniques and tips.

The app also allows children to enter competitions and chat to other readers.

For details, contact your library or visit www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk.

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