The Reading Agency has announced its titles for the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge, including books by Julia Donaldson, Danny Wallace and Stephen Hawking.
The charity has suggested 71 books for the challenge and has divided them into two groups; books for younger readers and books for older readers.
The older readers' group includes Wallace’s Hamish and the Worldstoppers (Simon & Schuster) and George’s Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking (Random House Children’s), as well as Cakes in Space by Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve (Oxford University Press Children’s) and The Number 7 Shirt by Alan Gibbons (Barrington Stoke).
On the list of books for younger readers are The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb (Macmillan Children’s Books), Oi Frog by Jim Field and Kes Grey (Hodder Children’s Books) and The Great Explorer by Chris Judge (Andersen Press).
Although children can read any library book towards their Challenge, the annual book collections “provide a display focus and a chance to highlight new titles in the busiest time of the year for children’s libraries”, said the charity.
The complete lists can be found on the Reading Agency website.
The Summer Reading Challenge in libraries is the UK’s leading reading for pleasure programme for primary school aged children, and it runs in 98% of local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland every summer.
Last year, 839,622 children participated, and 81,908 children joined their libraries as new members, according to Reading Agency data.