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Space Chase – Summer Reading Challenge in Libraries
Space Chase is an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. This summer children will help our super space family track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens! As they read library books, they will solve clues and collect special stickers to complete their mission folder.

Research shows that children's reading can 'dip' during the long holidays and this can cause children to lose confidence when they return back to school. The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to get into libraries and helps them keep up their reading skills. It is the UK’s biggest promotion of reading for children – last year over 20,600 Hertfordshire children took part, that’s our second highest number of participants ever – and it’s free.

Children are challenged to read six library books or eBooks of their choice during the holidays. For every two books they read, they are rewarded with two stickers. When they have completed the challenge, they will receive a bookmark and some colour-in glasses and are invited to a presentation ceremony where they will be given their certificate and medal. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to win tickets to an exclusive author event with Steve Cole. The Summer Reading Challenge materials are suitable for visually impaired children.
Space Chase packs will be available in all Hertfordshire public libraries from Saturday 13th July while stocks last, finishing on Saturday 7th September.

Please promote Space Chase in your parents’ newsletter this term. Further information on the Summer Reading Challenge in Hertfordshire and a link to the Space Chase website can be found at:

What the children said about last year’s challenge “I thought it was awesome, and I can't wait to take part again next year.” Maisie – 4 “I really grew my brain. It was fun.” Hugo – 6


Primary English Newsletter - May 2017

Herts for Learning Primary English Teaching and Learning Advisers have put together a newsletter with useful articles and guidance which is available to download at: