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Summer Reading Challenge 2019 ‘Space Chase’

Posted on by Judy Molyneux

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge ‘Space Chase’ is a fun out-of-this-world adventure! It takes place in all Kent Libraries from 13 July until 14 September. Children aged 4 – 11 can join & help super space family ‘The Rockets’ on a special mission, with tons of fun along the way – and it’s all completely free!

Children can sign up for the Challenge at any Kent library and receive a special mission folder to keep a record of their reading. Their Challenge is to read 6 library books, collecting stickers & rewards for every 2 books read. When they’ve read all 6 books and completed the challenge, they’re presented with a special medal and certificate to keep. Check out the (website)[], which has even more activities.

Last year over 17,000 Kent children took part in ‘Mischief Makers’. Feedback included:

I really enjoyed reading because at least I had something to do and not be bored. I read some books that I would not normally read and I went out of my comfort zone” (10 year old boy)

The Summer Reading Challenge really motivated my daughter. As a result my daughter’s reading has clicked and she was the first in her year to become a free reader” (Parent of 7 year old girl)

Why is reading for pleasure important?

  • Currently, 1 in 5 children in England cannot read well by the age of 11. We know that reading for fun improves literacy.
  • Reading for pleasure is more important to children’s academic success than their parents’ level of education or socio-economic status.
  • Embedding a love of reading in children can help their wellbeing later in life. 19% of adult readers say that reading stops them feeling lonely.
  • Studies have found that those who read for pleasure have higher levels of empathy, greater self-esteem and are better able to cope with difficult situations.

The Summer Reading Challenge is produced by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries. Find out more at your local library for information on local events and activities that support the challenge