Holy Island reader wins bag of mischief

A young reader from Holy Island has become the lucky owner of a bag of mischief after his name was pulled out of the hat in this year's Summer Reading Challenge prize draw.

Thursday, 4th October 2018, 2:04 pm
Connor Ward

Connor Ward has, for the last four years, taken part in the reading challenge at Amble library where he spends lots of his holidays with his grandparents.

Every year, Northumberland County Council’s libraries take part in the national challenge co-ordinated by the Reading Agency.

The challenge, now in its 20th year, is designed to help children develop a love of reading, boost their confidence and teach them new skills.

This year’s challenge, Mischief Makers, featured Dennis the Menace, Gnasher and the Bash Street Kids and was inspired by The Beano comic.

As well as enjoying crazy science fun, comic workshops and craft activities, youngsters aged from four to 11 were encouraged to read six or more books over the summer. They received incentives along the way and then a medal and certificate when they completed the challenge.

Connor was one of the children who successfully completed the challenge by reading at least six books.

The prize, A Bag of Mischief, is a selection of magic tricks, jokes and games that tie-in with the Beano-inspired theme. The contents of the bag were selected by a librarian and her two children to guarantee maximum appeal, fun and laughs.

In total, over 1,800 children signed up to the challenge – and more than two thirds of those children read at least six books over the summer and completed the challenge.

Coun Cath Homer, cabinet member for culture, arts and leisure, said: “We all know how important reading is and I’d like to congratulate every single child who took part in Mischief Makers.

“The reading challenge is a great way to get children reading and enjoying books as well as encouraging families to visit their local libraries.”