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Sign your children up for free, fun, educational summer holiday challenge in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 12:27 17 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:27 17 July 2018

Keep your children engaged this summer with a cheeky reading challenge. Picture: Ken Mears.

Keep your children engaged this summer with a cheeky reading challenge. Picture: Ken Mears.

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The vast canyon of time, which is the summer holidays is nearly upon us, and parents up and down the borough are trying to plan activities and trips to keep their little ones entertained.

Not only have Redbridge libraries come up without something which is free (tick) but it is also educational and fun (double tick).

If your primary school children like a cheeky challenge then why not sign them up for the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge.

Four to 11-year-olds try and work their way through an adventure map and the only way to progress is by reading books.

This year’s theme is inspired by the much-loved children’s title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary and participant will explore a map of Beanotown to find a hidden treasure chest full of pranks.

As children get through the stories, they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells.

By adding these stickers to their map, young readers will help Dennis, Gnasher and friends solve clues and discover the treasure, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.

To take part in Mischief Makers, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library where they will be given a colourful collector’s print of Beanotown to keep a record of their journey.

Council leader, Councillor Jas Athwal, who is cabinet member for growth and leisure, said: “This is a really innovative way to encourage children to read for fun, it brings stories to life and helps keep them busy over the holidays.

“Hopefully this will motivate families to visit one of our many fantastic libraries in the borough and children will get involved this summer.”

Preschoolers who are not yet reading can also earn stickers and a certificate of their own for visiting the library and borrowing books throughout the summer.

Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency said: “We believe that everything changes when we read and we know from our research how much fun families and children have when taking part in the challenge.

“Mischief Makers offers intergenerational appeal and we hope this family-friendly, accessible theme will inspire more children than ever to read over the holidays and make use of their local library throughout the summer and beyond.”

The challenge runs until Saturday, September 8. Call 02087082414


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