Summer Reading Challenge 2014!

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Summer holidays means ice cream, sunshine and great summer reads! Through The Reading Agency and local libraries there is a new challenge for bookworms to get stuck into. The company has released the reading list for 2014’s Summer Reading Challenge and we are pleased to announce that two of Bright’s brilliant illustrators are featured on the list! Nicola O’Byrne’s Open Very Carefully (written by Nick Bromley) is the charming tale of a crocodile trapped inside the wrong book and is just waiting for children countrywide to snap it up! Nicola is an award winning illustrator and is highly commended in the Macmillan Prize for Children’s Book Illustration. Another of Bright’s award winning illustrators, Lee Wildish, has been chosen for his illustrations in My Funny Family Gets Bigger (written by Chris Higgins). This comical story is the second instalment from the Funny Family and we look forward to reading this summer treat!

The Summer Reading Challenge is a free holiday event where families can sign up to their local libraries and make their way through a chosen reading list. The lists have a different theme each year and this year‘s has been announced as Mythical Maze. The challenge encourages children aged 4-11 to read 6 books over the holiday with books that fit into the theme. After each book, participants can receive a snazzy sticker or a royal reward- but the ultimate trophy is that of a completed reading challenge certificate when the challenge is done!


This annual challenge attracts three quarters of a million children into local libraries. The Reading Agency promotes games related to reading, such as last year’s Creepy House Hunt and Bat Catcher.  This amazing company also provides super-sized books for the visually impaired and material for all reading ages, meaning the challenge is accessible to the widest possible audience. There is even a fun new tool where books can be suggested to you online called the Book Sorter!

You can discover two of our illustrators on the mysterious route of this year’s Mythical Maze, or on the Book Sorter.

We are all excited by this years challenge with the discovery of our brilliant Bright illustrators on the list. So let’s get reading folks, ‘because everything changes when we read.’ Summer Reading Challenge 2014.