This year we announced a partnership with the Children's University, which meant that children reading books for the Summer Reading Challenge were able to get their passports stamped at their local library and earn up to ten hours of Children's University learning for completing the Challenge.
In Pelsall Library, which is part of Walsall Library Service, 10 year old Daniel was one of the first children to gain from this opportunity.
Alison, Daniel's mum, said, "Daniel has done the Summer Reading Challenge every year since he was 5 and he loves it, he is very proud of his achievement. He is excited that this year he can also add learning hours for Children's University as he really enjoyed his last graduation ceremony and this will count towards his next one."
For this year's Summer Reading Challenge Daniel read: Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian, The Dying Photo by Alan Gibbons, Deadly Tales by Roy Apps, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, Vampire School Teacher Screecher by Peter Bently and All About The Great Fire of London 1666 by Pam Robson.
About the Children's University
Students aged 5-14 years can enrol in the Children's University through their school and are issued with a 'Passport To Learning', in which they log the number of hours they spend on validated activities. They are encouraged to work their way through Bronze, Silver and Gold certificate schemes. Currently over 2,900 schools and academies participate in the Children's University and there are over 1,800 public 'Learning Destinations' including museums, libraries and galleries as well as BBC Visitor Centres, Nature Detective Trail, Masterchef, Museum Club, Junior Journalists.
Children's University Validators assure the quality of each 'Learning Destination' using the Children's University's own framework 'Planning for Learning' developed with Professor John MacBeath of the University of Cambridge.
Tell us via our facebook page what your child read this summer and which book they enjoyed the most.
Even though the summer holidays are over, encourage your children to keep visiting the Story Lab website to read Finish the Story competition winners and to chat with our Lab Assistants.
Find a children's reading club for your child to join on Reading Groups for Everyone.