Marvellous Makers - The Summer Reading Challenge 2024

By: Essex Library Service

Fri 12/Jul/24

Marvellous Makers is coming to a library near you this summer!


Essex Library Service and The Reading Agency are teaming up with Create for a very special 2024 Summer Reading Challenge which will be a celebration of the creative arts.  We’ll be inspiring children to express themselves in creative ways, tap into a world of imagination and storytelling, and – of course – to read!


Children will join our wonderful characters, brought to life by the brilliant children’s illustrator Natelle Quek, as they prepare for a big festival to show off the work they have created, inspired by their favourite reads. However, the day before the festival, some objects mysteriously go missing from their creative toolbox. The children of Essex will help our characters find these missing objects and save the festival!


The challenge runs from Saturday 20 July to Saturday 7 September in all Essex libraries and mobile libraries.  There will also be a special early joiners’ day on Saturday 13 July!


Children are being asked to read 6 books, they will collect stickers for their folder for each book they read. After reading 6 books they earn their certificate and medal.


Children can read any library book of their choice; fiction, non-fiction, picture books, books they share with parents and carers, e-books or e-audio – they all count.  The under fours are not forgotten with a special version of Marvellous Makers just for them.


The Summer Reading Challenge is delivered by libraries and produced by The Reading Agency. It is open to all children, free of charge.


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