On 23 June award-winning children's author Lari Don helped launch the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland. Lari was at Glasgow's Mitchell Library for an event with primary six and seven pupils from Holy Cross Primary School, to speak about the pleasure of reading and share some of her own experiences as an author.
This year's theme for the Summer Reading Challenge is Mythical Maze. Lari is no stranger to mythical and magical tales, as author of Fabled Beast Chronicles as well as being a renowned storyteller and a passionate advocate for libraries.
We have been working in partnership with Tesco Bank and Scotland's libraries for the past four years to increase the number of children taking part in the Challenge in Scotland. It now reaches 40,000 children each year.
Children throughout Scotland can now sign up to take part in the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland by visiting their local library. They will get a poster which shows mythical creatures, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre, such as Anansi, the Minotaur, Mermaids, Garuda and the Loch Ness Monster. As they read their six books from their local library children will be given great incentives, including smelly stickers! Every child who completes the challenge will be rewarded with a certificate and medal. (Photo © Dave Warren for The Reading Agency. With thanks to Deptford Lounge, Lewisham Library and Information Service.)
Making reading fun
Adele Mills, Community Investment Manager at Tesco Bank comments: "Reading is a fundamental life skill so we were delighted to welcome Lari, such a hugely popular author, along to entertain the pupils of Holy Cross Primary School. At Tesco Bank we strive to support the communities in which we operate, and that means continuing to help children have fun through reading during the summer break."
Sue Wilkinson MBE, our chief executive says: "It's wonderful to be launching the 2014 Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland. This fantastic programme, which is developed and delivered in partnership with librarians across Scotland, is designed to inspire children to keep reading during the long summer break. We know from our own research just how much fun families and children get out of taking part in the Challenge. What we hope is that everyone who takes part this summer really will find out that everything changes when we read."
Lari Don, Author, says: "The Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland is a fabulous initiative to get children and families into the library over the summer, and to make reading a fun part of the summer holidays. This year's theme Mystical Maze will let dragons, monsters and fairies loose in the library, and will allow children to go on magical adventures and quests during their holidays! I'm really looking forward to launching the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland!"
Karen Cunningham, Head of Glasgow Libraries, says: "The Mitchell Library has welcomed many renowned authors this year and we were delighted that Lari Don could also join us for the launch of such a worthwhile initiative. The Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland promotes reading and learning in a fun, exciting way that will undoubtedly appeal to children."
Head to your local Scottish library to get your children signed up to the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge.
Children can also sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge website to chat, take part in competitions and find new books using the Book Sorter.
Parents, carers and grandparents can keep up to date with news from the Summer Reading Challenge by visiting our facebook page.
If you'd like to help us reach more children through the Summer Reading Challenge please make a donation today. Text READ06 £3 to 70070 to donate £3 or donate any amount via our Summer Reading Challenge JustGiving page Reading Challenge JustGiving page.