The Summer Reading Challenge, sponsored by Total E&P UK, was launched on Wednesday, June 19 at Aden Country Park with help from library staff within Aberdeenshire.
This year’s Challenge, “Travel through time with a good book”, was chosen to tie in with historical themes celebrated throughout 2014, including the centenary of the start of the First World War.
Pupils from Mintlaw, Pitfour, Stuartfield, St Fergus and Longside Schools attended the launch event at Aden Country Park.
Young people will be asked to write a story on the theme of time travel with local author Deborah Leslie kindly writing an opening paragraph to give the young writers a starting point.
Three age groups have been created: children aged 6 and under can draw a picture based on the same theme, and stories can be submitted by children aged between 7-9 and those over 10-years-old.
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee Councillor Isobel Davidson said: “Every year children of all ages enjoy taking part in the summer reading challenge which aims to promote reading, encourage progression, support curricular outcomes and involve children in cultural activity.
“The challenge goes from strength-to-strength each year and this year’s theme of time travel will no doubt produce some very inspiring work.”
A prize of a trip to Poppyscotland headquarters in Edinburgh will be presented to the winner and their classmates.
Vice chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee Councillor Ron McKail said: “Children of all abilities take part and are encouraged to read over the school summer holiday period and I’m pleased to see the theme of time travel being used to tie in with historical themes this year.”
Over 170,000 books have been read as part of the reading challenge since it started in 2002.