Mischievous Reading for Summer!

Friday June 22nd 2018

Mischief Makers

From left to right: Mayfield Primary School pupils (and mischief makers!) Caitlin Birrell, Denae Wight and Chelsey Birrell at the new Newbattle Library.

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge was launched in Midlothian today.

The reading challenge is open to primary school aged children of all reading abilities. It runs in all Midlothian libraries from 22 June and children can sign up for free at their local library.

The theme of 2018’s challenge is ‘Mischief Makers’, inspired by the historic Beano comics, which celebrate their 80th anniversary this year. Everyone taking part will get a map of Beanotown and will receive stickers for reading books. Comic book favourites Dennis the Menace and Gnasher will be on hand to help solve clues to a mysterious buried treasure. Read six books and collect all the stickers to find the treasure and complete the challenge.

Councillor Stephen Curran, cabinet member with responsibility for libraries said:

“The annual Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to engage children in reading during the long summer holidays. It helps keep up their reading skills and gives them confidence. Children can read whatever type of books they like for example joke books, novels, non-fiction and even audio books – as long as they are borrowed from the library.”

For further information or to sign up, children or their parents should contact their local library. Children can also create an account on the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge website to keep a note of the books they read:


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