Bookworms go on big journey

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Children aged four to 11 are invited to take part in the Lancashire Reading Journey – and meet a wonderful collection of colourful cut-out characters.

The initiative, which was launched last year, runs from Saturday to September 24 and is organised by Lancashire County Council.

We launched the Reading Journey last year and 10,000 children took part in it

The Reading Journey is free and aims to keep children reading throughout the summer holidays.

Children just need to visit a library to join in and complete eight tasks over the summer, including reading books of their choice, visiting museums and taking part in activities.

County Coun Marcus Johnstone, cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, said: “This is a great way to encourage children to keep reading and learning throughout their summer holidays.

“They can choose to read, or a related activity that they enjoy. It is up to them.

“We launched the Reading Journey last year and 10,000 children took part in it.

“As well as being fun, this creates an incentive for children, and their families, to visit different places in the county. There will be a variety of lively events happening in libraries over the summer to inspire children’s interest.

“It is also a fun way to boost children’s literacy, which not only helps with their education but also improves their life chances in the future.”

Children’s author, Tom Palmer, will visit three schools to launch the Reading Journey.