Children of Hertfordshire are invited to discover the magical world of storytelling

Hertfordshire summer reading challenge

Hertfordshire summer reading challenge - Credit: Herts County Council

Hertfordshire County Council’s library service is inviting children to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and discover the magical world created by master storyteller Roald Dahl.

As 2016 marks the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth, the event will celebrate Dahl’s best loved stories including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG.

‘The Big Friendly Read’ will launch in all Hertfordshire Libraries on Saturday, July 16. The aim of the challenge is to encourage children to read six books from their library during their summer holidays and then come back to the library and talk about them.

They can read anything from storybooks and factual books to talking books and ebooks, which can be downloaded for free from the e-library.

It is completely free to take part. All children need to do is visit their nearest local library between Saturday, July 16, and Saturday, September 10, for a joining pack, while stocks last.

There are limited edition Quentin Blake collector cards up for grabs, and medals and certificates will be awarded to children who finish their six books. Children who finish by September 10 are in with a chance of winning an invitation to an exclusive author event during October half-term.

To support the children, Hertfordshire County Council will recruit an army of volunteers aged 14 and above. This offers young people a great opportunity to make a positive contribution to their local community.

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Teresa Heritage, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Localism and Libraries, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge offers a wonderful opportunity for children to discover a love of reading and develop a lifelong passion for great storytelling.”

Volunteers can register by visiting and following the link to “Volunteer at your library” and selecting the link to the Summer Reading Challenge volunteer role.