A summer challenge that brings reading to life

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Summer days can be lazy and endless but local charity ABC to Read are supporting an initiative that will keep kids engaged during those long hot days. The Summer Reading Challenge, run by the Reading Agency and libraries, encourages children aged to 4 to 11 to read six library books during the summer months.

Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the summer holidays if they don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure. The annual Summer Reading Challenge helps get three quarters of a million children into libraries each year to keep up their reading skills and confidence.

ABC to Read work with primary school children in Berkshire who have been identified by their schools as struggling most with their reading skills, with many of the schools assigning their pupil premium to provide an ABC to Read mentor.

The charity’s model of assigning a volunteer mentor to work with the children on a one-to-one basis is achieving excellent results during term times and leaving teachers and children alike thrilled with their progress. 99% of those surveyed in the latest annual report confirmed an improvement in their children’s attitudes to reading, 98% demonstrated improvement in reading accuracy and 96% showed improvement in reading comprehension.

The charity are now broadening the reach and benefit of the scheme by providing trained volunteer mentors to discuss and read books with the children who take up the Summer Reading Challenge and help bring reading to life. With mentors available on seven dates across three venues, there’s ample opportunity for local children to get one-to-one support as they grow their reading skills and confidence.

Marcia Rowlinson, ABC to Read CEO, said: “What better way for children to spend these long summer days than engrossing themselves in the world of books. We’re so pleased to support such a worthwhile initiative and look forward to reading with lots of new children over the coming weeks.”

ABC to Read are currently looking to recruit a further 50 volunteers to meet the increasing demand for support for primary school children in Berkshire.

There are still spaces available for any new volunteers to take part in the next ABC to Read training sessions and for schools to sign up to the scheme. For more information about training days or joining the scheme as a school or volunteer mentor, contact: abctoread@btconnect.com