Our partnership with The Children’s University means that children reading books for the Summer Reading Challenge are 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 2013 over 1900 children brought in their passports to their library in 32 different library authorities.
The photo shows Aaliyah aged 7 and Abdullah aged 9 from Blackburn Library, with their Creepy House certificates for completing the Summer Reading Challenge, and their Children’s University passports.
Aaliyah and Abdullah’s mum commented “My children look forward to the Summer Reading Challenge every year and thoroughly enjoy it”.
Sara Casey, Children’s University manager from Blackburn said “Children love doing the Summer Reading Challenge and collecting extra hours for Children’s University. They love going down to Blackburn Central Library to choose their books and collect their prizes.”
Lynne Upton, Director of Learning at the Children’s University said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is a very important partnership for us and is encouraging more and more Children’s University passport holders to visit their local library over the summer. They discover that their reading can be the gateway to a whole range of exciting activities all through the year.
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 3000 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.
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