Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod met the new Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman at a special event at the Scottish Parliament to support the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge, which encourages children from across Scotland to read more.
Run by The Reading Agency, in partnership with library services and Tesco Bank, the Challenge encourages children to join the library and read six books during the summer break, a time when children’s literacy skills dip, with potentially damaging effects.
Each year the Challenge is based around an exciting new theme to inject fun and creativity to motivate children to read for pleasure.
This year’s theme, ‘Creepy House’, illustrated by award-winning Chris Riddell, allows children to join the adventurers as they explore the Creepy House.
To further encourage participation, a grant will also be available to local authorities to promote the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland through a range of activities.
These will include events with entertainers, authors, animal-handling workshops and other local activity designed to generate excitement around the magic of reading.
Ms McLeod, said: “As an ex librarian, it’s so exciting for me to know that this is happening in almost every single local authority around Scotland.”
The Children’s Laureate Mrs Blackman said: “I have pledged to use my time as the Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate to highlight the vital importance of libraries to children’s lives, and to local communities.
“I therefore couldn’t be more thrilled to be here, launching Creepy House which will introduce so many children to that vital, lifelong resource, the public library.”