Summer Reading Challenge 2014

July 10, 2014 12:01 PM

Mark Hunter MP supports Cheadle constituency campaign for every child to join local library and share love of reading

Local MP Mark Hunter is supporting a campaign run by charity The Reading Agency to encourage all primary school children to join their local library and take part in this year's Summer Reading Challenge - the UK's largest reading for pleasure promotion for primary school children. Reading Challenge Summer

Research shows the Summer Reading Challenge increases children's reading range and their enjoyment of reading significantly. It builds confidence and independent reading, while preventing the dip in children's literacy levels during the long break from school.

A unique partnership between The Reading Agency and public libraries across the UK, the Summer Reading Challenge got a record 810,000 children reading in the summer holidays in 2013. With the support of local MPs, libraries, schools and a host of well-known children's authors including Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Morpurgo, even more children aged 4-11 will be encouraged to join the library and complete the challenge this year.

Mark Hunter MP said:

'I hope parents, grandparents and carers in Cheadle constituency will take their children to the library to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge. It's free and, as all parents know most importantly, makes reading fun. Reading is a good habit to get into and its never too early to start.

'Last year 3791 children in Stockport took part in the Challenge, and I hope that this year we can increase that number, making the most of our local libraries.'

Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency said:

'Children reading for pleasure is so important in improving their literacy. The Summer Reading Challenge is developed and delivered in partnership with librarians across the UK is designed to keep children reading during the long summer break. In 2013 over 810,000 children took part, including 67,000 new library members! What we hope is that everyone who takes part this summer really will find out that everything changes when we read.'

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