Make sure that reading is fun for children with the Winter Mini-Reading Challenge

Mon, 10 Dec 2018

The Winter Mini Reading Challenge is a fun, free activity which encourages children to keep reading through the Christmas holidays. Children can sign up to the mini-challenge online, then need to read and review three books of their choice over the holidays to complete the challenge and download their certificate of completion.

This year, the challenge, run by The Reading Agency, has joined forces with publisher Nosy Crow to run a very special and seasonal‘There's A Yeti In The Playground’themed Mini Challenge.

'There's A Yeti In The Playground'follows Izzy and her friends as they watch heavy snow falling around them, hoping to be sent home from school. They then hear some strange noises and find a huge footprint in the playground…that’s when they know: there’s a YETI in the playground and it’s hungry! The book is filled with laugh-out-loud fun from Blue Peter Award winners Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham.

This fun book, along with thousands of others, is available to reserve on the East Riding Libraries catalogue (library.eastriding.gov.uk), on the East Riding Libraries app (free to download) or pop into any library.

To sign up for the challenge, register free on the Winter Mini Challengewebsite: http://winterreadingchallenge.org.uk. After this, children simply read three books of their choice, adding a book review for each to their Winter Reading Challenge website profile.

Rating and reviewing three books online over the Christmas holidays will unlock a virtual badge and a special‘There's A Yeti In The Playground’ certificate to print off and keep. All East Riding Libraries offer a printing service for those who cannot do this at home.

The Winter Mini Reading Challenge is on now and finishes on Friday, 11 January, 2019.

Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for leisure, tourism and culture, said : “The Winter Mini Reading Challenge is a great opportunity for schools and parents to encourage children to keep reading over the holidays.

“There will also be a whole host of fun activities, quizzes and reading recommendations, plus an exciting new competition, too.”

It’s free to join the library and borrow books; simply pop in or join online at library.eastriding.gov.uk, or through the East Riding Libraries app, available on the PlayStore or iTunes