TEENAGERS from Alcester are taking part in a scheme to encourage younger children to keep reading during the summer holidays.

To take part in this year’s challenge children can competitors will need to borrow and read six books of their choice from the library these can be factual books, joke books, picture books or audio books.

Every time a child finishes a book they will recieve stickers and rewards and those who complete the challenge will get a certificate.

Those aged between 14 and 19 can help out with the Summer Reading Challenge by giving up their time to support the youngsters.

This is an annual competition running across Warwickshire.

Councillor Kam Kaur, portfolio holder for customers at Warwickshire County Council, said: “This year the Summer Reading Challenge is also encouraging children to ‘pass it on’ by recommending or passing on a book to friends, family and carers. We are grateful to our teenage volunteers who are also helping to pass it on by sharing a love of reading with younger children and supporting them to complete the challenge.”

Teen volunteer Amy-Louise Cox said: "I am looking forward to helping children with the Summer Reading Challenge because I want them to see that reading is fun, and books can take you on great journeys”

Councillor Bob Hicks, chair of the council’s Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee, added: “The Summer Reading Challenge is a fun and free way for all families to enjoy books throughout the summer holidays. I am heartened to hear about the research that shows the challenge is increasing children’s enjoyment of reading as well as preventing a summer reading dip in children's literacy levels during the long break from school.”

Illustrator Sarah McIntyre has designed this year’s theme Mythical Maze and creatures from the world of legend and mythology.

For more information visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/libraries.