Cumbrian libraries are encouraging children to take part in their Summer Reading Challenge. 

The challenge will run all throughout the summer holidays until mid September. 

Children aged between 4 and 12 are asked to read six books of their choice over the summer holidays, then come back to the library to share what they've read. 

Children can read fiction, fact books, poetry, joke books or picture books. Those that complete the challenge will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a Kindle e-reader and they’ll also receive a fantastic certificate to display with pride.

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Councillor Deborah Earl, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Local Communities, said: "Cumbria Libraries continue to spread the joy of reading to our younger generation and the Summer Reading Challenge is the perfect way to do so.

"Reading not only sparks the imagination of our little ones but it has many health benefits as it’s been proven to reduce stress levels and those who read at an early age are more likely to do well in school."

To sign up you need to be a library member. If you or your child is not yet a member you can join for free on their website and get instant access to the library service’s online resources.