YOUNG readers in Northumberland have been given top marks for effort after taking part in a summer reading challenge.
Some 3,421 youngsters from the county signed up for the nationwide initiative, given a circus skills theme this year.
More than 88,000 children’s books were issued between July and September.
Neil Bradbury, executive member for customer services and culture at Northumberland County Council, said: “Our library staff have been working closely with schools to promote the challenge, which is always extremely popular, and it’s a great way for families to get involved in libraries and experience the joy of reading.
“I am sure that those children who took part also got a great sense of achievement out of completing the challenge.”
Those who completed the challenge will be receiving certificates and medals at presentations around the county over the coming month.
Among the first to get theirs, handed over by county councillor Margaret Richards, were users of the library at Seaton Delaval’s Astley High School.