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On the day before many Scottish schools break for summer, Angela Constance MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning described how programmes like the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland are helping children and families keep up their literacy skills and read for pleasure in the long break from school, when children can lose skills and confidence.
Launching the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland on 25 June at Craighall Library in Edinburgh, Angela Constance MSP urged parents and carers to make time to visit the library over the summer and take part in the Challenge in order to incorporate libraries into everyday life and keep the family learning going over the summer.
Angela Constance said:
Supporting literacy and other learning opportunities over the summer holidays, particularly for those living in disadvantaged circumstances, is an important element of our priority work to close the attainment gap. It's fantastic to see the Summer Reading Challenge in Scotland challenging young readers over the summer holidays, when we know that progress for some children can stall. The Challenge also promotes fun and rewarding opportunities to read for pleasure, which is strongly linked to raising attainment.
The Scottish Government priorities are around improving school attainment for all and closing the attainment gap, with programmes such as Raising Attainment for All already working well across Scotland since launching in June 2014.
Tesco Bank have supported the Challenge in Scotland since 2011; since then it has been called the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland. Last year over 41,200 children took part across the country.
Our Chief Executive Sue Wilkinson said:
The 2015 Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland is developed and delivered in partnership with librarians across the country. At The Reading Agency we believe that everything changes when we read and we know from our research how much fun families and children have when taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge. This year, with the Record Breakers theme, the Challenge is all about achieving your personal best, so we hope more children than ever will take part in Scotland and make the most out of their library during the summer holidays and beyond.
Much-loved author of the popular Katie Morag stories, Mairi Hedderwick, also attended this morning's launch, sharing stories and inspiring local children from Castleview Primary School to get reading and take part in this year's Challenge at their local library.
Find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge
Read more about our partners for this year's Summer Reading Challenge, including Tesco Bank, Guinness World Records and SOLUS UK.