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Summer Reading Challenge

Lose your kids in the library this summer!

Let your children get caught up in an epic adventure in the library – it’s Mythical Maze – the Summer Reading Challenge 2014!

Mythical Maze is organised by The Reading Agency and local libraries – children aged between 4 and 12 are encouraged to read six or more books of their choice during the summer holiday and with posters, stickers (some of them are scratch and sniff!) and other incentives to complete the challenge, it’s a highlight of the holiday for thousands of children.  Teachers often comment that children who take part return to school as more fluent, confident readers.

Over 810,000 children took part in the challenge last summer – there is a different theme every year and children can read whatever they like - picture books, audio books, joke books, fact books – they all count.  Some libraries in Wales are also offering adults the chance to enter their own reading challenge, setting a good example to the children and with the chance to win a prize.

Going on holiday? Just take the books with you or download some of the free e-books from welshlibraries.org onto your e-reader or mobile device.

Log on to the Mythical Maze website and your children can keep track of their progress online, rate the books for other readers and get tips on what to read next.  This year there’s even an app that brings illustrator, Sarah McIntyre’s amazing creatures to life!

Taking part is FREE and the Summer Reading Challenge is just one of many exciting schemes public libraries offer to help children develop a love of reading, gain confidence and get new skills.  

Call in to your local library or visit welshlibraries.org to find out more.