Youngsters can become Reading Heroes

Children urged to become reading heroes!

YOUNGSTERS across Lancashire can take part in a new Reading Heroes challenge this summer to win prizes including superhero masks, medals and stickers.

Designed for children aged four to 12 (but with no limits), the challenge is for children to read five books during the summer, and complete a number of challenges. By completing these challenges they'll unlock prizes along the way as well as the chance to be entered into a prize draw for a free Lego kit.

All participating children will be able to visit one of Lancashire's museums for free with an adult, as well as regular activities taking place in all libraries in Lancashire.

The challenge will launch on Saturday, 1 July and runs until the end of September.

For the artwork, Lancashire County Council commissioned Lancashire based comic book artist Heather Smith to design the character 'Paige Turner' to guide children through the scheme, with the goal to defeat 'The Spoiler' and become a Reading Hero.

County Councillor Jayne Rear, cabinet member for education and skills, said: "The new Reading Heroes challenge is an exciting way for children to get reading this summer. It will help Lancashire children to use their imagination and encourage their love of reading.

"Find out more about how your child can take part in this fantastic free scheme at Libraries - Lancashire County Council."