THE BIG SUMMER READ
For some of us reading is a hobby that we love to do all year round but for a lot of us our enthusiasm to read begins in summer, quite similar to our compulsion to play tennis and drink Pimms the moment we are graced with a flicker of sunlight. For our younger generation, however, it’s quite the polar opposite. As soon as schools break up for summer, books are left to gather dust and their brains are left to dwindle until they are dropped back into class at the start of September.
The Big Friendly Read 2016 is an initiative that aims to keep children reading over the summer break. It encourages kids aged 4 to 11 years to create their own profile, engage in online games and receive prizes by taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge. The website offers a way for both kids and parents to track their progress. Get started with the Summer Reading Challenge here: http://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/