After the record-breaking success of this year's Summer Reading Challenge, Cressida Cowell, bestselling author of the How To Train Your Dragon books, today launches our second Christmas Mini Challenge.
Children can head to their local library and read any three books they like over the school winter holidays (from 12 December 2014 to 6 January 2015), logging them on their own profile on the Summer Reading Challenge website. After completing the Challenge they will receive a special 'virtual badge' to add to their profile, plus a secret reward video message from Cressida Cowell.
Cressida Cowell says:
The Christmas holidays are a brilliant time to read loads of books. The weather is cold, so you can snuggle up in bed and read as many books as you like. So get online and get stuck into the Christmas Mini Challenge on the Summer Reading Challenge website!
Last year's Mini Challenge
In 2013 the inaugural Christmas Mini Challenge notched up 6,794 unique website visits and 72,780 page views, with the average duration of a visit to the site lasting an impressive 5 minutes 28 seconds, with 682 children completing the Mini Challenge. Levent Broja, 8, from Gateshead who completed last year's Mini Challenge said: Over the Christmas holidays the weather was rainy and sometimes icy, so it was good to have the Christmas Mini Challenge to keep me busy."
Libraries and schools got into the festive spirit and promoted it, creating fun and interactive video blogs for the holidays. For example, The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Libraries' blog included tips on how to make cost-free Christmas decorations from recycled materials, including a Christmas tree made from old books which took pride of place in Barking Library.
Anne Sarrag, who leads our Summer Reading Challenge, says:
Children love the excitement of taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge, which every year keeps hundreds of thousands of them reading through the summer holidays. We're really pleased to now be able to extend the excitement of the Challenge over the winter holidays and look forward to watching our log of books read, which now stands at over 440,000, increase. Cressida Cowell's support is the icing on this particular Christmas cake!
h2. Get involved
Children can take part in the Christmas Mini Challenge on the Summer Reading Challenge website
Show Cressida Cowell's special Mini Challenge video message or download promotional posters and a certificate to run the Challenge at your school or library
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