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Summer reading challenge

Mischief Makers is inspired by the much-loved iconic children's title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. This year Dennis, Gnasher and friends will be helping children explore a map of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure and become the ultimate mischief makers.

Research shows that children's reading can 'dip' during the long holidays and this can cause children to lose confidence when they return back to school. The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to get into libraries and helps them keep up their reading skills. It is the UK’s biggest promotion of reading for children – last year, over 21,500 Hertfordshire children took part and it’s free.

Children are challenged to read six library books or e-books of their choice during the holidays. For every two books they read, they are rewarded with two stickers. When they have completed the challenge, they will receive a wristband and are invited to a presentation ceremony where they will be given their certificate and medal. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to win tickets to an exclusive author event. The Summer Reading Challenge materials are suitable for visually impaired children.

Mischief Makers packs will be available in all Hertfordshire public libraries from Saturday 14th July while stocks last, finishing on Saturday 8th September.

Please promote Mischief Makers in your parents’ newsletter this term. Further information on the Summer Reading Challenge in Hertfordshire and a link to the Mischief Makers website can be found HERE.

What the children said about last year’s challenge

"I loved the reading challenge because I got to read cool books and got smelly stickers." – Grace-Lily, Age 4

"I liked the reading challenge because I like to read, it's something fun for me and Mummy to do" – Casey, Age 10