The theme for the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge will be Mythical Maze created by top illustrator Sarah McIntyre.
Mythical Maze challenges children aged four to eleven to find their way around a labyrinth that introduces them to fantastical creatures from the world of legend and mythology, collecting stickers of each character along the way. The creatures' contemporary twist emerged following workshops with children in autumn 2013.
Sarah McIntyre (born 1975) is a British-American illustrator and writer of children's books and comics. Sarah was awarded the Sheffield Children's Book award for Best Picture Book and Overall Winner for her illustrations in the book Morris the Mankiest Monster in 2010, which also won the Bishop's Stortford Picture Book Award 2010.
Sarah also won the Leeds Graphic Novel Award 2011 for Vern and Lettuce, which ran originally as a weekly comic strip in The DFC and in The Guardian newspaper. In 2012 she curated The Comics Big-Top of Awesome at the Pop Up Festival. Sarah regularly contributes to The Phoenix comic, and her latest title, Oliver and the Seawigs, an illustrated novel in collaboration with author Philip Reeve (Oxford University Press) has been widely acclaimed. Sarah is a passionate supporter of libraries.
Sarah McIntyre says: "I'm thrilled to be following amazing Chris Riddell as the artist for next year's Summer Reading Challenge. I really enjoyed drawing my chubby, near-sighted mermaid for Oliver and the Seawigs and creating new mythical creatures - it's been fun putting a fresh spin on them. A group of kids at Leith Library brainstormed some hilarious, often outrageous, ideas for how to draw our mythical creatures, and I was able to bring some of their ideas into the drawings. It's vitally important that children are engaged with reading and I hope the Mythical Maze will inspire many more children to take up The Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge with libraries next summer."
Find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge on our website and read about the record breaking Summer Reading Challenge Creepy House 2013 results.
Children can find competitions, challenges, author interviews, news, and the book sorter which recommends what children might like to read next on the Summer Reading Challenge website throughout the year.
Parents can visit our Summer Reading Challenge facebook page to chat about the theme and getting children excited about reading.
Resources for libraries and schools will be available in January.
Visit Sarah McIntyre's blog.