Burnley Football Club in the Community and The Children and Young People’s Trust has joined forces with local libraries to help inspire children to share their love of reading throughout the summer holidays.
This summer, Lancashire County Council’s the Reading Challenge presents the ‘Pass It On’ campaign, a project which encourages children to recommend or pass on a book to their friends or family, and in turn make sure one of the books they read this summer is one that has been recommended to them.
Children can actively get involved with this challenge by visiting www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk. They can then create a profile, chat about books, and get ideas on what to read via the digital Book Sorter, which already offers more than 300,000 children’s book recommendations.
And the scheme is also being backed by Clarets striker Danny Ings.
Ings said: “This year many children across the country will be inspired to celebrate reading and recommend or ‘pass on’ their favourite books to friends and family. It is a great way to motivate kids to visit libraries and prevent their reading skills dropping during the holidays.
“The book I’d like to pass on to youngsters is James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl which is a book I remember reading when I was younger.”
Every year, the ‘Summer Reading Challenge’ adopts a new theme to infuse fun and creativity into reading. 2014 sees the creation of the ‘Mythical Maze’, which allows children to explore and discover myths and legends from all over the world.
Children can sign up at their local library, and find their way around a labyrinth of fantastical creatures from the world of legend and mythology, receiving a poster, reading books and collecting stickers along the way. The ‘Mythical Maze’ is fully interactive, with features accessible on smart phones and tablets.