Teresa urges local children to complete the Summer Reading Challenge

Teresa is supporting a campaign run by The Reading Agency charity to encourage all primary school children across Erith and Thamesmead to join their local library and take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

In Bexley, children of all ages are being invited to read at least six books of their choice during the six-week school holiday at local libraries.

Each year the Challenge uses a new theme to inject fun and creativity into reading. The 2013 theme is “Creepy House,” illustrated by award-winning Chris Riddell, inviting children to explore a Creepy House and its host of characters. They can take part in spine tingling reading activities and collect pungent smelling stickers to complete a collectable Creepy House poster.

Children can also visit the website to create a profile, chat about books and get help on what to read next via the digital Book Sorter, which also works on mobiles and tablets.

As with previous years, prizes will be won along the way with a certificate and medal being presented to those children who read at least six books.

The Summer Reading Scheme is running from the 13th July 2013 to 7th September 2013. Entry is free in all Bexley libraries.

Teresa said:

“I hope parents and carers across Erith and Thamesmead will take their children to a local Bexley library this summer to sign up for The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge. It’s free and makes reading fun and engaging, which will help children to improve their literacy.  


Reading is not only an enjoyable experience, but it also something that can build confidence. It can really help children learn to understand the world around them, and develop their own imaginations.


Last year 6235 children in London Boroughs of Bexley and Greenwich took part in the Challenge. I hope we can increase that figure this year and show local libraries what a valuable asset they are to us and our local community.”

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