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Entertainment to be provided by award-winning children's author Joanna Nadin

adsrc Published Thursday, 17th August 2017

Award-winning author Joanna Nadin is taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge programme of activities at National Trust Croome on Wednesday 23 August.

Joanna Nadin is the author of the bestselling Rachel Riley diaries and the Carnegie-nominated Joe All Alone. She will be talking about dogs, family and writing with a talk centred around her new book, The Incredible Billy Wild. Joanna will also be signing copies in the morning and the afternoon.

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 four 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 Joanna Nadin, there will be lots of other activities to celebrate reading throughout the day, including storytelling from World-Wide storyteller Peter Chand, Theatre workshops with Unfold Theatre company, and the Schools' Library Service mobile.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a national scheme produced by The Reading Agency which 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.  Children can read all kinds of books including eBooks, audiobooks and non-fiction just as long as they have been borrowed from the library.

Each year there is a new theme and in 2017 libraries everywhere will be celebrating reading around the theme of Animal Agents accompanied by Tony Ross' wonderful illustrations.

Worcestershire's libraries are organising lots of activities across the summer holidays in connection with the challenge, ask in your local library for details.

Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities said: "Worcestershire's Libraries have already signed up hundreds of children to the Summer Reading Challenge this year and are encouraging all of the children to complete the challenge with half-way stickers and lots of invitations to library events. 

"This will be our third event at National Trust Croome this summer and is an amazing incentive for the children taking part.  I would encourage all young children to sign up to the challenge as it really does keep children reading over the summer and is lots of fun."

Children can sign up to the Challenge at any of the county's libraries.  The Challenge ends on 23 September. Ask in your local library for details or visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/libraries