13 July 2016

Do you know your Snozzcumbers from your Oompa-Loompas or your Twits from your Trunchbull?

The wonderful world of Roald Dahl is the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge which starts in Sheffield libraries on Saturday, 16 July.

The challenge, called The Big Friendly Read this year, asks children under 12 years old to read six library books during the school holidays. They are given stickers and goodies for each book they read, with a medal and certificate at the end.

The Reading Agency charity coordinates the national challenge which encourages children to read over the long summer holiday, when reading levels are known to dip. They have teamed up with the Roald Dahl Literary Estate this year to celebrate 100 years since the birth of one of the world’s most loved storytellers.

Free Imagination Gaming events will be held in Sheffield libraries to mark the start of the challenge, with other free events for children across the summer.

Councillor Jack Scott, cabinet member for community services at Sheffield City Council, said: “Roald Dahl is an inspiration to children across the world. My two daughters love his books, especially Matilda and The BFG, and we’ve read nearly all of them.

“Libraries are fantastic places to go to with children and I hope they enjoy this year’s summer reading challenge.

“School holidays are an expensive time for families and libraries offer a free and fun place to take them to, whatever the weather. There’s a lot going on in local branches and now free WiFi, so I hope everyone pops down to see what’s on offer.”

Adults and teenagers can also sign up to a summer reading challenge which encourages people to try out different types of book. People just need to read three books from different genres, such as crime, fact, sci-fi and romance, and are then entered into a free prize draw to win book tokens.

Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraries for more information about the summer reading challenge, local branches and free children’s activities running throughout the summer.

Photo credit: Dale Cherry 2016 for The Reading Agency