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Dawn supports Summer Reading Challenge

Dawn Primarolo, Labour MP for Bristol South, is supporting a campaign to encourage all primary school children to join their local library and take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge - the UK’s biggest reading promotion for primary school children.
The Summer Reading Challenge is run by national charity, The Reading Agency, in a unique partnership with public libraries across the UK.  Research shows that the project increases children’s reading range and their enjoyment of reading significantly. It builds confidence and independent reading, while combating the dip in children’s literacy levels during the long break from school during the summer.

The Summer Reading Challenge already gets three quarters of a million children to read six library books in the summer holidays and even more children aged 4-11 will be encouraged to join their library and take part this year.  

Dawn attended a Parliamentary event in Westminster last week to help raise awareness of the Summer Reading Challenge.  Speaking afterwards she said:

“As a former Children’s Minister I know how important reading is for children’s development and I hope parents and carers in Bristol South will take their children to the local library this summer to sign up for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.  It’s free and makes reading fun - a vital ingredient in building literacy. Last year 5300 children in Bristol took part in the Challenge. I hope we can increase that figure this year and show local libraries what a valuable asset they are to us and our community.”

Each year the Challenge uses a new theme to inject fun and creativity into reading. The 2013 theme is “Creepy House”, illustrated by award winning Chris Riddell, inviting children to explore a Creepy House and its host of characters. Children can take part in spine tingling reading activities and collect pungent smelling stickers to complete a collectable Creepy House poster.

Children can also visit the website to create a profile, chat about books and get help on what to read next via the digital Book Sorter, which also works on mobiles and tablets. Follow the Summer Reading Challenge on Facebook at

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