The 2016 Summer Reading Challenge will be based around Roald Dahl 100, the celebrations marking the centenary of Dahl’s birth.
This year’s list of 72 recommended titles are all based around six popular themes in Dahl’s books: friendship, mischief, adventure, invention, wordplay and champions.
The collection includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and the list of books recommended for younger children (aged 4-7) includes titles such as Bilal’s Brilliant Bee by Michael Rosen and Tony Ross (Andersen Press) and Daisy and the Trouble with Piggy Banks by Kes Gray (Red Fox).
The list for older readers (aged 8-11) features books such as Danger is Still Everywhere by David O’Doherty (Penguin Children’s) and Honey and Me by Karen McCombie (Barrington Stoke), as well as Dahl’s own The BFG (Penguin Children’s).
The full list of recommended titles for 2016 can be found on the Summer Reading Challenge website.
Director Anne Sarrag said: “The annual Summer Reading Challenge book selection is a reaffirming opportunity for reviewers, library professionals, library suppliers and children to enthuse about the merits of books put forward by publishers. The eye catching display bins highlight the book collections, which is especially useful for children who feel overwhelmed by the choice in a library or lack confidence in selecting books. From past research we know that books featured in the collections are more likely to be issued than other stock over the summer.”
The Summer Reading Challenge, organised by the Reading Agency, takes place every year during the school summer holidays and asks children to read six library books of their choice.
Last year, the number of children taking part fell 2.8% from 2014 levels.