West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin urged local children to enjoy the summer holidays with a book and join a national initiative to encourage primary school pupils to read more.
The Summer Reading Challenge, which begins on 14 July, is aimed at every child aged between four and 11 years encouraging them to read six books of their choice from their local library during the summer holidays.
Children earn stickers along the way, and they will be given a certificate or medal when they complete the challenge. Each child can sign up for the challenge at their local library where they can borrow and read books, eBooks and audiobooks of their choice.
Over 20 popular children’s authors are supporting the campaign including children’s laureate Julia Donaldson and fellow award-winning writers Malorie Blackman, Charlie Higson, Anthony Horowitz, Michael Morpurgo, Michael Rosen and Jacqueline Wilson.
Harriett said: “Reading is a fun activity, whether it is indoors or outdoors, and I was delighted to join MPs from all over the country helping to promote this important campaign.
“Reading during the summer is vital to help young people build their confidence and keep them engaged and mentally active during the summer break from school.
“I love reading books to my grandchildren and there are so many amazing books available. I hope that many local parents will encourage their children to sign up for this challenge at their local library.”