Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Recreation and Heritage at Hampshire County Council, said: “Winter can be a particularly fun time for storytelling, with books offering a sense of magic and wonder thanks to the enchanting characters and worlds they explore.
“We appreciate that this time of year can be busy and that reading can be overlooked. Therefore, we are committed to helping boost children’s literacy levels by encouraging them to access the great variety of resources available at our libraries during winter and throughout the rest of the year.”
The Winter Reading Challenge is aimed at four to eleven-year olds, but all ages can enjoy reading any four books of their choice between now and 26 January.
Participants do not need to sign up – they just visit their local library to collect stickers and earn a certificate.
This year, the service has teamed up with Penguin Publishing to bring Hilary Audus’s much loved ‘The Snowman and the Snowdog’ to libraries.
Councillor Woodward added: “The fantastic thing about the Challenge is that all library books count towards it. Children can choose their four titles from various formats including eBooks, audiobooks, picture books and graphic novels.
“We wish our young readers well on the Challenge and look forward to seeing them cross the finish line.”
Discover some book suggestions in this Libraries blog post.