Cressida Cowell launches Christmas reading challenge

Cressida Cowell launches Christmas reading challenge

Cressida Cowell has launched the Reading Agency’s Christmas mini-challenge for young readers.

To take part in the initiative, a follow on from the Summer Reading Challenge, children must read three books from their local library over the Christmas holiday (from the today until the 6th January) and log their progress on the website.

Cowell, who is the author of the How to Train Your Dragon series (Hodder Children’s Books), said: “The Christmas holidays are a brilliant time to read loads of books. The weather is cold, so you can snuggle up in bed and read as many books as you like.”

Children who take part will receive a virtual badge to add to their profile and a video message from Cressida Cowell.

This is the second year that the Reading Agency has organised a Christmas challenge and last year 682 children took part.

However, the Christmas challenge is not as popular as the summer challenge, which 839,622 children took part in this year - a 3.6% increase on 2013. Some 3,519 libraries and 251 mobile libraries took part and, based on the figures supplied from 84% of participating authorities, The Reading Agency estimated children borrowed over 18m books during the summer.