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SOUTHEND Council has launched a new challenge to keep children reading over the Christmas period.
The borough’s libraries are promoting a ‘winter mini challenge’.
The scheme will ask children to read three books of their own choice, then write short reviews about them.
Children who complete the three reviews will earn a certificate.
It is similar to summer reading challenges, which encourage children to keep up their reading during the extended school holidays between July and September.
The winter mini challenge will run from Monday, December 2, until Monday, January 13.
Scott Dolling, the council’s director of culture and tourism, said: “Reading from a young age helps children to develop, and by setting these challenges we encourage children’s participation to stretch their imagination.
“This challenge will help keep children entertained and educated over the winter break from the school environment and attain a reward when they complete their three books.
“The concept worked really well over the summer and is something that families can all join in with.”
For more information, visit www.winterreadingchallenge.org.uk.