MP Peter Grant is reminding children across his constituency that it’s not too late to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge at local libraries.
The Challenge is run by UK wide charity The Reading Agency to encourage all primary school children to keep reading even when they’re not at school.
This year’s Challenge has the theme of “Space Chase” to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and local libraries have a range of fiction and non fiction books, many of them with a space theme, for young readers of all ages.
Mr Grant visited Methil Library to hand over two books courtesy of The Reading Agency. He said: “Encouraging children to enjoy reading is one of the most effective ways we can help them do well at school and in later life. Sadly, many children do very little reading during the school holidays and the Summer Reading Challenge aims to address this.
“When the weather is good we obviously want children to be out enjoying the fresh air but on rainy days, or for a quiet half hour before bedtime, it’s always good to just lose yourself in a book. Last year 6,009 children in Fife took part in the Summer Reading Challenge. I hope we can increase that number this year”.
Mr Grant admitted that he couldn’t resist having a sneak peek at one of the donated books, The Cow Who Fell To Earth. He said, “I highly recommend it, it’s suitable for even the very youngest readers. But I’m not telling you how it ends, you’ll need to read it yourself to find out!”