Young bookworms enjoy summer challenge

Thousands of children took part in a Summer Reading Challenge encouraging them to read more.

Thursday, 19th September 2019, 1:51 pm
Updated Friday, 27th September 2019, 7:17 pm
Max McKeown, winner of the Summer Reading Challenge, with Coun Mark Swinburn.
Max McKeown, winner of the Summer Reading Challenge, with Coun Mark Swinburn.

Almost 2,000 children across the county visited their local library for the challenge, which this year celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Space Chase challenged children aged four to 11 to read six books or more and visit their library three or more times.

As well as enjoying a new book, children received a special mission folder where they teamed up with futuristic family The Rockets for a space mission tracking down books stolen by aliens.

Weekly prize draws were held for children who had completed the challenge with prizes including family swim, Clip n Climb and bowling passes from Active Northumberland plus a family pass from Kielder Observatory and a collection of tektites – small pieces of natural glass – from the Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory.

Max McKeown, a pupil at Cramlington’s Eastlea Primary School, was this year’s overall winner who picked up an overnight stay at the Battlesteads Hotel, Wark, for a family of four and tickets for the Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory.

Coun Cath Homer, cabinet member for Culture, Arts, Leisure and Tourism, said: “It’s amazing to see how many children have taken up this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and have enjoyed coming into their local library and immersing themselves in a new book.

“As a library service we want to encourage youngsters of all ages to develop a lifelong love of reading, so we could urge all those young people who got involved in Space Chase to keep reading and to use their local library.”

Events for children and young people are held at libraries throughout the year. To find out more about what’s happening in your nearest library go to