Summer reading challenge

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Lots of children across the Western Isles have already signed up for this year’s Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland at their local library and are already exploring some of the astonishing real-life achievements and world records as featured in the Guinness World Records Books.

Organsied by The Reading Agency charity and the public library network, the annual challenge, aimed and 4-11 year olds and their families, is simple and fun.

Children are encouraged to read six or more library books of their choice during the summer holidays with collectable incentives and rewards, plus a certificate, or medal for every child who completes the Challenge.

Children can sign up at their local library at the start of the summer holidays – it’s absolutely free - and pre-schoolers can take part in the mini-Challenge.

Every year there is a new theme and this year the Summer Reading Challenge has teamed up with Guinness World Records for a ‘Record Breakers’ theme.

Record Breakers brings together fact and fiction, challenging young readers to explore astonishing real-life achievements and world records.

Record Breakers continues throughout the summer holidays and only closes on 5 September, so there is still plenty of time for children to take part and complete the challenge. So visit your library and sign up to break a reading record now!

Pictured are Eoghainn and Evie Maciver measuring themselves against a life-size poster of the tallest man in the world, Sultan Kösen, in Stornoway Library.