Summer Reading Challenges

All Luton Libraries - Summer Reading Programmes


Encouraging your child to get involved with the reading programmes offered by local libraries over the summer period can help develop their enjoyment and proficiency in reading. The schemes are designed to support your child’s reading skills and to prevent a reading age decline over the summer period and that they return in the autumn term ready for a great start to the new academic year.


The Summer Reading Challenge – New year 7 cohort.


The Summer Reading Challenge is designed for children between the ages of 4 and 11. Last year over 800,000 children took part.This year, the scheme is working with The Roald Dahl Literary Estate to celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th birthday. 'The Big Friendly Read: Summer Reading Challenge 2016' will feature some of Roald Dahl's best-loved characters and the amazing artwork of his principal illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake. 

The Big Friendly Read will encourage reading on a giant scale and highlight six key themes -invention, adventure, mischief, word play, child champions and friendship - that are explored in Roald Dahl's most famous books, and will encourage students to expand their own reading by exploring similar themes, fantastic facts, characters and stories across the best contemporary children's writing.


How does the Summer Reading Challenge work?
1.    Children sign up at their local library and receive a collector folder for The Big Friendly Read to get them started
2.    Children read six library books of their own choice during the summer, collecting incentives along the way - all FREE!
3.    At bigfriendlyread.org.uk children can share book recommendations using the Book Sorter.
4.    Children who complete the Challenge get a certificate and/or a medal

About the ImagiNation Project – All Lea Manor students
ImagiNation is a reading and arts activity for 11-18yr olds running in 11 library authorities. ImagiNation is now in its third year. Young people have been involved in all stages of the development of this project: they invented the name, developed the logo, designed this blog and planned the activity; with the help of artists and designers chosen by the young people themselves. In 2014 they also co-produced a series of arts workshops in libraries around the region. 

The aim of ImagiNation is to enjoy reading over the summer and then get creative! You’ll get a login when you join, with activities to choose from to help you express your ideas about what you have read, or record how a book made you feel. You don’t have to be ‘good at drawing’ and you don’t have to write lots if you don’t want to: you could paint a picture, take a photo, write a poem, use music… anything creative that sparks your imagination!


You will also get the chance to be part of a collaborative artwork being made in a library near you, and to share your art and ideas with other young people via the blog.


Reading Hack Programme – Year 9, 10 and 11
The public library runs a programme for those who are 14 or older called 'Reading Hacks'.   Reading Hack is a programme led by young people who will get involved with mentoring younger children who do reading activities.
 
The programme inspires young people to become advocates for reading and to lead the way in engaging their peers - particularly those who dislike or struggle with reading.

For more information about the programmes on offer to young people, please ask at your local library, phone 01582 546583 or email volunteer enquiries@lutonculture.com for further information.