WOKINGHAM borough libraries have launched their annual summer reading challenge.

Space Chase is encouraging children from across the borough to keep reading over the summer holidays. It will be taking inspiration from the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and encourage children to read over summer.

In order to take part children are required to borrow and read six library books from any of the libraries. They will take part in a space mission to track down books nabbed by a band of aliens.

Councillor Parry Batth, executive member for environment and leisure, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is back and better than ever. `This year all of our libraries across Wokingham Borough are participating and will be on hand with some great books, some great rewards and a lot of fun.

“The Summer Reading Challenge is a fantastic way to indulge our childrens’ imaginations, help them become more independent and build a sense of achievement.

“It also helps prevent the tendency for children’s reading to dip over the holidays and supports the successful transition between year groups and stages. I hope it will inspire children across our towns and neighbourhoods to use their local library and discover some great books throughout the summer holiday and beyond.”

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As children read their six library books, they will receive special stickers with mysterious smells to add to their collectable mission folders.

Space Chase launched in libraries across Wokingham on Monday, July 1 and runs until Sunday, September 1.

For more information, visit: https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/reading-schemes-for-children-and-adults/summer-reading-challenge/.