Space hop your way through the Summer Reading Challenge

It’s lift off in Camden’s libraries as the summer reading challenge has arrived once again. And this year it promises to take children on a wild ride through space.

Camden Council is encouraging all four to 11 year olds to take on the challenge of reading 6 books before school starts again in September. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of landing on the moon, this year’s reading challenge theme is space and travel. Whether they are already little book worms, or just beginning to read, the Space Hop Summer Reading Challenge 2010 is a sure-fire way to get kids to develop a life-long love of reading.

There will be tons of free space-tastic activities taking place in Camden’s libraries during the school holidays, including chances to make astronauts and space ships. In August, Sally Kindberg, illustrator of The Comic Strip History of Space, will be at Kentish Town and Kilburn libraries to help children draw their own comic strips while ace story teller, Paige Tuner, will be enthralling children at St. Pancras and Swiss Cottage libraries.

Fiona Dean, Assistant Director for Culture, Camden Council, said: The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to develop children’s interest in reading. Camden’s libraries have so much to offer all year round, but the summer reading challenge will really help kids get a head start in the classroom in September.”

Notes for editors

1.Children can sign up to the Space Hop Summer Reading Challenge for free in any Camden library.

2.For details of the Summer Reading Challenge, check posters in libraries or visit .

3.Each year the Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to read 6 or more books of their choice during the school holidays with collectable incentives and rewards, and a certificate or medal for every child who completes the challenge. Now in its twelth year, the Summer Reading Challenge involves up to 750,000 children aged four to 11 years old via the UK library network. It is created and run by The Reading Agency, an independent charity working to inspire people to read more.

4.The Summer Reading Challenge has also launched an interactive Space Hop website, giving children the chance to meet top authors and illustrators, as well as space to talk about their favourite books and share reading ideas. Visit

5.Large print Summer Reading Challenge materials are available for visually impaired children, thanks to the support of the RNIB National Library Service. Family leaflets, which explain the benefits of the Summer Reading Challenge and provide advice on supporting children during the challenge, as well as joint reading ideas for the whole family, are available in a variety of languages.

6.For more information about the Reading Agency please visit .

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