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Island libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Space Chase, Summer Reading Challenge 2019.

The Summer Reading Challenge asks youngsters to borrow and read any six library books over the summer. The theme for the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Children will team up with futuristic family The Rockets for an exciting space mission as they track down books nabbed by a mischievous band of aliens. As children read library books for the challenge, they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells.

By adding these stickers to their collectable mission folders, young readers will help the Rockets solve clues, dodge asteroids and discover the missing books, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.

To take part in Space Chase, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library, community library or mobile library where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.

Space Chase launches at libraries across the Isle of Wight on Saturday 13 July and runs until ends on Saturday 7 September.

Development librarian for young people and lifelong learning, Elspeth Jackson, said: “We hope young readers across the Island get on board for this year’s exciting reading challenge. Last year saw an amazing 2,087 children sign up and it ran in all eleven of the island’s libraries, including volunteer-run libraries and the mobile library.

“In total, an eye-watering 30,080 children’s books were borrowed from Isle of Wight libraries during the duration of the challenge and played a huge part in making sure children continue to improve their literacy skills over the long summer holidays.”

Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency, said: “At the Reading Agency, we tackle life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading. We know from our research that families and children love taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge, and we are proud to have been running the Challenge for twenty years this year.

“The space theme has been chosen to coincide with the 5Oth anniversary of the first moon landing. Last summer, children worked with illustrator Adam Stower to come up with ideas for the Space Chase adventure, and we hope the Challenge will inspire all children to use their local library and to read lots of great books throughout the summer and beyond.”

Children can also visit  where they can chat, get reading recommendations, review their books and enter competitions.