Summer reading challenge

Three top county authors have given their support to the Summer Reading Challenge at Nottinghamshire County Council’s libraries.

And as an extra incentive, the trio have pledged to give away a selection of their books to the school in Newark district where the highest percentage of children complete the challenge this coming summer.

Helena Pielichaty, Elizabeth Baguley and Michael Cox say that the Summer Reading Challenge – where children, aged between four and 11-years-old are rewarded for reading six books during the summer holidays is a fantastic initative.

Michael Cox is author of a range of children’s books including the Dead Famous series of books.

Elizabeth Baguley is a successful author of picture-books with many titles to her name including Ready, Steady, Ghost! and the Christmas classic A Long Way From Home.

Helena has published more than 30 books for children. Her latest series, Girls FC, is based around an U11s girls’ football team.

The group is campaigning for primary and secondary schools to be required by law to have a school library and a trained librarian/teacher, teachers to be supported through a range of initiatives to inspire a love of reading for pleasure in their pupils throughout their career and schools’ use of author visits and longer residencies should be accredited by Ofsted.

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