Literacy charity The Reading Agency has partnered with the Hay Festival to help children discover a love of reading.
Yesterday (23rd May), a special Summer Reading Challenge event was held on the opening day of the festival, attended by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and 3,000 primary school children, as well as children’s authors including Cressida Cowell, Jeremy Strong and Korky Paul.
The royals met with key members of The Reading Agency, followed by the Hay Festival annual Library Lecture given by Sir Quentin Blake, and sponsored by The Reading Agency.
The Summer Reading Challenge, which launches on 13th July, reaches 750,000 children and encourages them to read six books over their summer holidays. This year’s theme is “Creepy House”.
Miranda McKearney, director of The Reading Agency, said: “Our new Hay Festival partners share our passion for spreading reading, and helping the public have life-changing encounters with authors. We’re delighted to be working with Hay to devise new ways to bring people powerful new reading opportunities, and highlight the vital role of libraries in every community.”