Winter challenge on offer for young bookworms

BOOKWORMS across the county have been invited to take part in the county council’s Winter Mini Reading Challenge for 2020.

In a year of celebrating heroes, children are being encouraged to become Worcestershire reading heroes, by completing the challenge.

The theme of this year’s challenge is Everyone Is A Hero! and is being supported for by award-winning inclusive publisher Knights Of.

The challenge encourages children to read at least three books during the winter period.

They’re then asked to upload the details of the books they have read to their online profile and write a short review for each one.

The challenge will run through to Friday, January 15, providing plenty of opportunities for cosy winter nights on the sofa reading.

Children will be able to visit their local library to find their favourite three books to read during the festive period or choose from our wide children’s audio and e-book selection on BorrowBox.

Once three books have been read and reviewed, children will receive a virtual badge and can print off a Everyone Is A Hero! certificate to keep.

Coun Lucy Hodgson, cabinet member for Communities, said: “Christmas will be very different this year, but it’s lovely to see this winter tradition carrying on in our libraries.

“Reading has proven particularly popular this year, with the launch of our digital library hub. The Winter Mini Challenge is an ideal way to keep children reading during the festive season and I’m looking forward to hearing about Worcestershire’s reading heroes in the New Year.

“There are some lovely books to read this Christmas, and the certificate for completing the challenge is something different for children to show friends and teachers when returning to school after the holidays.”

It is hoped the challenge this year, will help to maximise children’s learning, after education has been heavily disrupted by COVID-19.

Children can visit the Winter Mini Challenge website to start rating and reviewing their books and enjoying the online activities.

Visit https://readingagency.org.uk/children/news/join-the-winter-mini-challenge-and-become-a-reading-hero to download a free Winter Mini Challenge pack.

Worcester – The Worcester Observer