Aberdeenshire Council is encouraging young people to go wild and read more books as part of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which runs until Saturday, August 24.
The challenge is organised by the library service and is called ‘Go Wild With Books’ to tie in with VisitScotland’s Year of Natural Scotland.
Each child taking part is provided with a card that must be stamped within a library as six or more books are read and the competition is split over three age groups (three to five years, six to eight and the over nines).
The challenge was launched at the Glen Tanar Estate in Aboyne and in addition to reading books an extra activity is included with a competition to make a collage with a ‘nature’ theme.
Prizes are available for each stage of the reading challenge and for those entering the art competition a prize of a family one week holiday at De Vere Cameron House in Loch Lomond is up for grabs too.
The event is sponsored by TOTAL E&P UK and around 9,000 school pupils take part each year with the awards ceremony taking place on Saturday, September 21.
Chair of the council’s education, learning and leisure committee Councillor Isobel Davidson said: “I wish all the children the very best in their reading endeavours over the summer and look forward to seeing the winners in September.”