CHESHIRE East libraries are looking forward to celebrating the 20th annual Summer Reading Challenge which begins on Saturday July 6.

The theme this year is ‘Space Chase’ – an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. As children read their way through six library books of their choice over the summer, they will collect stickers and solve clues to help them to complete their mission folder.

The Summer Reading Challenge is designed for children aged four to 11. Every child who finishes is awarded a special certificate and a medal. There is also a mini challenge for pre-school children so that they can join in the fun too.

Joanne Shannon, Cheshire East Council library services manager, said: ‘We have always been very proud of the number of children in Cheshire East who join the Summer Reading Challenge.

Last year more than 6,500 children took part across Cheshire East making us one of the highest participating authorities in the North West. This year we hope to welcome all our existing participants back, along with any new children to the scheme.”

Councillor Mick Warren, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for communities, said: “I have supported the Summer Reading Challenge for a number of years, it is a fantastic way to keep children entertained and engaged during the summer holidays as well as igniting their imagination and building on their vocabulary in preparation for the new school year. This year’s theme will, I’m sure prove very popular among budding space enthusiasts.”

Cheshire East libraries host many activities during the summer holidays alongside the Summer Reading Challenge.

These include space-themed creative arts sessions, a variety of digital and craft activities, workshops with Chester Zoo Safari Rangers and local astronomical societies and much more.

In addition, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre has generously provided ‘kids go free’ vouchers for children participating in the challenge.

For more information visit the website.