A WRITER joined in celebrations to close the chapter on a successful reading rally.
Children’s author and illustrator Liz Million was a guest at the presentation in Sunderland’s City Library to recognise the achievements from the Summer Reading Challenge.
More than 2,000 children across Sunderland took up the challenge to read six books and visit a library at least three times over the summer.
They were encouraged with incentives such as bookmarks and by a small team of volunteers, aged from 14 to 26, who worked with staff to get families involved.
Deputy Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Stuart Porthouse, presented medals and certificates to some of the biggest bookworms who got involved with the 14th annual and national event.
Coun Porthouse said: “Reading is massively important, and the annual Summer Reading Challenge is a great way of encouraging children and their families to take more of an interest in books.
“The more children read the better they become at reading and the more young children are read to, the greater their interest in wanting to read for themselves.
“The Summer Reading Challenge programme also provides an opportunity for youth volunteering and the chance to learn new skills, gain valuable work experience, and make new friends.
Adam Johnston, six, from Roker, said: “I like reading books and my favourite ones are about aeroplanes. It was fun to go into the library over the summer holidays to do the challenge.”
Jennifer Robson, eight, from Ryhope, said: “I like books with animals in best and think I read about 10 over the summer like Lilly the Lost Puppy and the Magic Bunny, which I really enjoyed.”