Over 40,000 children across Essex took part in this year’s Roald Dahl themed Reading Challenge, it has been announced.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, the challenge was renamed the Big Friendly Read. The event, which was organised by the Reading Agency and run locally by Essex Libraries, saw thousands of kids sign up to read six books over the summer holidays.
Supported by a website, online forum, events and activities across the county’s libraries, the challenge has been branded a phizz-whizzing success!
Cllr Anne Brown, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Libraries at Essex County Council, said: "Following the release of the film and the celebration of the 100th year anniversary, this summer has been all about Roald Dahl and the wonderful books he created.
"I am delighted that so many young people took up the challenge. We know that there are educational and developmental benefits to encouraging children to read over the summer holidays, and through the challenge we can introduce them to our libraries in a fun way, which we hope will see them continuing to return for years to come."