A READING challenge has been set as thousands of Sunderland’s children prepare to break up from school.
To help keep bored little minds active during the six-week break, Sunderland Library is launching its Creepy House Challenge.
Children will have to read six books during the summer, and every child who reads all of them will be rewarded with a medal and certificates.
Pupils at St Paul’s C of E School in Ryhope were some of the first to hear about the challenge and are already looking forward to the task.
On the last day of term, they were talking about their favourite authors, stories and what they are planning to read this summer.
Sarah Steele, 10, said: “I really enjoy Jeff Kinney books, because they are extremely funny.
“I intend to read two of them in the summer challenge.”
Harry Stephenson, 10, added: “I really like Robert Swindells’ Room 13 because the book is so scary and it makes you want to read on.” Jack Stephenson, also 10, said: “I like the Lego ideas book by Daniel Lipkowitz, because it gives you lots of good tips.”
The challenge is available at all libraries across Sunderland and finished on August 30.
Henry Empson, 10, said: “I really enjoy reading Steve Cole’s books. I plan to read three of them for the summer.” Pupils were given some tips about keeping their school library in order with a little help from Sunderland City Council library boss Stephen Dodd.