Scottish Children’s Author Barry Hutchison joined Aberdeenshire school pupils on Thursday 23rd June to launch the Summer Reading Challenge. It inspires thousands of children every summer to pick up books and read.
The annual Reading Challenge, sponsored by Total E&P UK, was launched at Ellon Academy Community Campus. The Primary 7’s from the Ellon Primary Schools network enjoyed a great talk from Barry. He spoke about how he started writing and about his books that include the Invisible Fiend, Benjamin Blank series, plus his new series Beaky Malone: World’s Greatest Liar!
The theme of this year’s challenge, entitled “Your Place, Your Space…Just Read”, is about the places we go to enjoy a good read.
Each child taking part in the reading challenge will receive a themed card to keep track of the books they have read. They collect one sticker for each book and receive a book as a prize after reading six books. They can do this as many times as they want.
A photo competition is also being held, open to all children regardless of whether they are taking part in the reading challenge.
Prizes for the photo competition will be awarded to three age groups: 0-4, 5-8 and 9+. Children should submit a photo or drawing of themselves reading a book in a place of their choice in Aberdeenshire with a caption in Doric, if possible.
The only limit is the child’s imagination – it could be a familiar place, somewhere unusual, a holiday location, by a landmark or even a secret place.
All photographs submitted must be accompanied by the appropriate permission from a parent or guardian so that the photos can be published.
Get along to your nearest library to join the Summer Reading Challenge and find out more!