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06 July 2016

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This year's theme for the national Summer Reading Challenge from the Reading Agency and organised locally by Enfield Council's libraries, is the 'Big Friendly Read'.

This year's theme for the national Summer Reading Challenge from the Reading Agency and organised locally by Enfield Council's libraries, is the 'Big Friendly Read'.

Celebrating the centenary of the birth of popular children's author, Roald Dahl, the challenge is aimed at children aged from four to eleven encouraging them to read six books borrowed from a library during the long school summer break.

Kicking off the challenge with a fun launch, children and their parents are invited to an entertaining afternoon at Enfield Town Library Green on Saturday 16 July from 2- 4pm where there will be games and activities.

Above all children can find out how to take part in the 'The Big Friendly Read' which gives them a reward each time they read a book.

Children's poet Neal Zetter will be reading funny poems and Caroline Harris and Douglas Pledger are reading stories from their series about Miles the cat.

'The Big Friendly Read' encourages reading on a giant scale highlighting six key themes: invention, adventure, mischief, word play, child champions and friendship – all explored in Roald Dahl's most famous books.

And to make it even more fun each child receives a personal collector folder to keep their rewards and information which is built round the themes.

Enfield libraries are also providing a card to record the number books that are read and an assortment of rewards: a foldable game for reading two books; a keyring for reading four books and a medal and certificate for completing six books.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Children's Services & Protection, said: "This year's theme should appeal to children of all ages opening up a world of discovery and getting them hooked on reading.

"Our libraries will be delighted to sign children up for the challenge which ends on 24 September. Children are bound to enjoy it and I am sure that they will be enchanted by the illustrations of Sir Quentin Blake which is used in our promotions.

"This is one of the best ways to make reading fun. During such a long summer break children need a variety of activities – and the summer reading challenge is important in supporting their learning and encouraging them to use libraries to find out all kinds of information – I wish all children taking part a successful challenge."

  • Photo © Dale Cherry 2016 for The Reading Agency. With thanks to Crawley Library, West Sussex County Council.
  • The national Reading Agency is responsible for the Summer Reading Challenge.
  • All libraries are promoting the Summer Reading Challenge except Bowes Road, Millfield House and Enfield Highway which is closed for refurbishment.
  • All children who take part receive a certificate.
  • The RNIB National Library Service makes a selection of Summer Reading Challenge book collection titles available in accessible formats (Braille, Audio and Giant Print) for children who are visually impaired, or have visually impaired parents/carers. This material can also help children with learning disabilities and dyslexia.
  • The children’s website URL for 2016 is www.bigfriendlyread.org.uk although children can also access the site using the year-round URL www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk.