Monmouthshire’s community hubs and libraries are calling on the county’s children to sign up for the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge 2018.

The Summer Reading Challenge asks 4 to 11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books and its Mischief Makers theme is inspired by the much-loved children’s title, the Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary.

To take part in Mischief Makers, all children need do is sign up at their nearest library or community hub where they’ll receive a colourful collector’s map of Beanotown to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.  Exploring the map will reveal a hidden treasure chest full of pranks designed for the ultimate mischief maker! As children pick a book for the Summer Reading Challenge, they’ll collect special stickers to add to their map, helping Dennis, Gnasher and friends solve clues and discover the treasure, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.

A packed programme of events and activities is planned for families to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge, including story-telling from Louby Lou.  Residents should contact their local library or community hub or go to monmouthshire.gov.uk to find how to participate.

Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency which produces the Summer Reading Challenge said: “We believe that everything changes when we read and we know from our research how much fun families and children have when taking part in the Challenge. Mischief Makers offers intergenerational appeal and we hope this family-friendly accessible theme will inspire more children than ever to read over the holidays and make use of their local library throughout the summer and beyond.”

County Councillor Bob Greenland, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for community hubs added: “Reading can take a back seat during the long summer holidays if children don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure.  This can cause problems for schools in the new term but the annual Summer Reading Challenge is a highlight of the holiday for many children and can only be beneficial if it inspires them to get stuck into a good book.”

Monmouthshire Librarian Fiona Ashley commented: “As I visit school assemblies across the county to tell children about the Summer Reading Challenge, I notice how enthusiastic they are.  Last year, 915 children started the Summer Reading Challenge and we are confident that even more will sign up this time.”

Mischief Makers launches in community hubs and libraries across Monmouthshire on Saturday 14th July.