Children get prizes for reading challenge

Children received awards at Stonehaven Library on Saturday
Children received awards at Stonehaven Library on Saturday

Prizes were handed out at Stonehaven library on Saturday morning to the winners of this year’s Aberdeenshire Libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge.

Stonehaven Library is just one of many Libraries throughout the area who have picked winners at a local level and 90 children will be presented with £10 book vouchers as prizes for writing, drawing and craft competitions featured as part of the reading challenge.

The theme for this years event was ‘Take off with a good book’, with children aged 6 and under asked to draw pictures, while ages 7 to 10+ wrote imaginative stories completing a space themed story. Both inspired by a starter paragraph written by local author Deborah Leslie.

The second part of the competition asked the children to design and make a spacecraft from recycled materials.

Now in its 11th year, the Summer Reading Challenge aims to get children to read six books of their own choice over the summer holidays.

This year’s event, which attracted a large number of participants from all over Aberdeenshire, was given a space theme in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s epic voyage into space.

The organisers design the challenge to ensure that children of all abilities are able to take part and encourage participants to read their own choice of books or listen to talking books.