Summer Reading Challenge 2022
The school holidays are upon us and the Council is once again supporting the annual FREE Summer Reading Challenge for its younger book lovers across the County Borough.
This year, The Reading Agency, which runs the Summer Reading Challenge, has teamed up with The Science Museum Group and are excited to introduce The Gadgeteers.
Every year, hundreds of local children take part in the Summer Reading Challenge, in association with RCT Libraries, during the school holidays. This year they will be taking part in a science-filled challenge that will inspire young learners and readers to see the science and innovation behind everyday objects, showing that reading and science is for everyone to enjoy.
Councillor Robert Harris, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities, with responsibility for Libraries, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is always popular among young readers during the school holidays, supported by parents and carers.
“The summer school holidays are an important time for our young learners to recharge their batteries after a very challenging few years, but it is equally important that they maintain and continue to improve their literacy skills.
“The annual Summer Reading Challenge therefore remains an important and enjoyable initiative which runs throughout the school holidays, with the help of our libraries staff and The Reading Agency.
“It not only encourages our young people to pick up a book at a time when they may not necessarily do so, but it is also a great way to introduce young people into the world of literature and broaden their imagination.”
Those who take part in the Summer Reading Challenge 2022 will be able to join six fictional Gadgeteers and use their curiosity and wonder to understand the science behind a whole range of interests, from fashion and technology to cooking and music.
Young readers interested in being a part of this year’s FREE Summer Reading Challenge can join online or ask for further details at your local library. The more books they choose to read, they will be able to collect a set of special stickers and other rewards along the way.
Encouraging younger readers to pick up a book during the summer school holidays helps to maintain or improve their literacy skills. The aim is for 4-to-11 year-olds to read up to six books as part of this year’s the 2022 Summer Reading Challenge during the school holidays, a time when children’s literacy skills traditionally dip.
The Summer Reading Challenge 2022, which is available in both English and Welsh formats, is the largest children’s ‘reading for pleasure’ programme in the UK. The first Summer Reading Challenge took place in 1999 and is an annual initiative based on a different theme each year.
The programme is delivered by The Reading Agency in partnership with public libraries, publishers and schools across the UK and is supported by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.