Youngsters urged to join in Rotherham reading challenge

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Youngsters are being urged to pick up their favourite books and take part in Rotherham libraries’ Big Friendly Read’ summer reading challenge.

The challenge asks four to 11-year-olds to borrow and read any six library books before the end of August.

It has a new theme each year, and this year’s challenge is the ‘Big Friendly Read’, with characters and activities linked to the wonderful world of children’s author Roald Dahl.

Last year, 1,600 children signed up to take part in the summer reading challenge over the school holidays and staff at Rotherham Library Service are hoping to have even more children sign up this year.

To take part in the challenge, children need to sign up at their nearest library. They will receive a special folder in which they can collect unique collector cards with illustrations by Quentin Blake.