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Beano inspires Summer Reading Challenge

1st Dec 17

Libraries will be inspiring young 'Mischief Makers' to read next year as part of the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge, which will also help to mark the 80th anniversary of The Beano comic.

Each year the Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to borrow and read six or more books of their choice during the school summer holidays. There are incentives like stickers and a certificate for every child who completes the Challenge.

Despite the difficulties faced by many public libraries, last summer saw a small rise in the numbers of children taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge with over 760,000 children taking part in Animal Agents, the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge, at their local library. Some 44% of the participants were boys and many more children participated digitally, over 190,000 users - up by a quarter on last year.

Some 86,709 children also joined the library as new members. Around 97% of UK authorities (excluding Northern Ireland) took part in the Summer Reading Challenge.

Children's laureate Lauren Child said, "The Summer Reading Challenge is about reading for the pleasure of reading. Stories are important because they nourish us and broaden our thinking. Librarians and all those involved in the huge success of the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge know how important this is and seek to change lives one book at a time."

Looking ahead to 2018, the Summer Reading Challenge will be called Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children's comic Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2018. The Mischief Makers Summer Reading challenge will be part of a range of celebrations planned by Beano Studios throughout the year.

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