Leisure & Culture Dundee Libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Space Chase, Summer Reading Challenge 2019. Space Chase begins in libraries across Dundee on Thursday 20 June and runs until Saturday 17 August. Author Wendy Jones will launch the challenge with a space themed story and activity for 25 children from Eastern Primary at 11am on Thursday at Broughty Ferry Library.
The Summer Reading Challenge asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer. The theme for the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.
Children will team up with futuristic family The Rockets for an exciting space mission as they track down books nabbed by a mischievous band of aliens. As children read library books for the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells. By adding these stickers to their collectable mission folders, young readers will help the Rockets solve clues, dodge asteroids and discover the missing books, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.
To take part in Space Chase, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library, where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.
Sinclair Aitken, Chair of Leisure & Culture Dundee said
“This year’s space theme is out of this world and we encourage everyone to get involved. The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual favourite and there is no other free reading activity that involves so many children. It gives us another great opportunity to encourage children to choose books freely and introduce families to their library.”
Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency said
“At The Reading Agency, we tackle life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading. We know from our research that families and children love taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge, and we are proud to have been running the Challenge for twenty years this year. The space theme has been chosen to coincide with the 5Oth anniversary of the first moon landing. Last summer, children worked with illustrator Adam Stower to come up with ideas for the Space Chase adventure, and we hope the Challenge will inspire all children to use their local library and to read lots of great books throughout the summer and beyond."
There’s a whole programme of events and activities planned at Dundee libraries for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge. Just contact your local library or go to https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk to find out how to take part.