Gloucestershire children reading more then ever during summer
11:52am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
MORE children from Gloucestershire took part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge than ever before and had one of the highest completion rates in the country.
This year 9,849 four to 12-year-olds took part in the Creepy House challenge in the county with 6,163 (63 per cent) completing the tasks.
To complete the challenge, children needed to read six or more books during the school holidays, collecting rewards along the way, as well as a medal or a certificate for successfully completing their challenge.
Gloucestershire had the highest number of children taking part and the highest number of finishers in the South West region.
Cllr Dorcas Binns, cabinet member with responsibility for libraries, said: “It’s great that even more children took part in the challenge this year than last – and that Gloucestershire had more participants than anywhere in the South West.
“Reading six or more books over the holidays can help children learn to love books, stories and reading, and prevent their reading from getting rusty before they go back to school.”
Gloucestershire's libraries are already looking forward to next year’s Summer Reading Challenge of myths and legends, called The Mythical Maze.
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