Bestselling author to visit National Trust Croome as part of Summer Reading Challenge

src Published Monday, 17th July 2017

Bestselling author Mark Lowery will be entertaining children taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge at National Trust Croome on Wednesday 26 July.

Mark Lowery is the award-winning children's book author of Socks Are Not enough, Pants Are Everything and his latest The Jam Doughnut That Ruined My Life.

The Summer Reading Challenge event is organised by Worcestershire Libraries and Learning Service in partnership with National Trust Croome and includes a day of fun-filled activities from 10am – 4pm.  All children who have read two books since signing up will receive a free entry ticket to the event from their local library, for themselves and their family. As well as the chance to meet author Mark Lowery, there will be lots of other activities to celebrate reading throughout the day, including theatre workshops with Unfold Theatre Company, storytelling and the Schools' Library Service mobile.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a national scheme produced by The Reading Agency. It takes place every year and is delivered by libraries. Because children's reading can dip over the long summer break the scheme encourages children aged 4 – 12 years to read six books over the summer holidays, with medals and certificates for all finishers.

Children wanting to take part in the Challenge can sign up in any of Worcestershire's libraries and if they're quick, read two books and receive free entry tickets to this next event at National Trust Croome near Pershore.

Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities said: "Children's reading can 'dip' during the long summer holidays if they don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure. The Summer Reading Challenge really helps by getting three quarters of a million children into libraries over the summer.

"It is fantastic that the Summer Reading Challenge attracts bestselling and award-winning authors to Worcestershire, and we are very lucky to be able to hold our events in the beautiful grounds of National Trust Croome.  I would encourage all children and parents to sign up if they haven't already and get involved with the fun."

The Library Service is also still taking on young volunteers aged 12 – 24 years to help with the Challenge with a minimum commitment of 5 hours.  More information can be found on the website http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20307/library_services_for_children