Libraries NI is calling on children across Northern Ireland to take part in the Winter Mini Reading Challenge, a free online Reading Agency initiative which encourages children to keep reading through the winter.
Starting on Tuesday 1 December 2020 and finishing on Friday 15 January 2021, the Everyone Is A Hero themed Mini Challenge celebrates heroes in all their forms. Delivered through a fun, immersive and safe online platform, to take part, children aged 4 to 11 years simply read any number of books (including eBooks and audiobooks) of their choice, then rate and review them at www.wintermini.org.uk.
Books added to the website during the six-week Mini Challenge period will count towards unlocking special rewards including a certificate and a virtual badge. The website will also feature activities, recommendations for great winter reads, and competitions. And, just like the Summer Reading Challenge, the website will also feature the Book Sorter - a unique database which has over 1.3 million peer-to-peer recommendations.
Jim O’Hagan Libraries NI Chief Executive said;
“This has been a most unusual and challenging year and reading can provide some welcome relief and enjoyment and importantly at a time of disruption to education caused by Covid-19, it can help children develop and maintain their literacy levels.
“The Winter Mini Reading Challenge is a great opportunity for families to read together over the winter. There is also the chance for children to nominate their own personal reading heroes – whether it’s a teacher, a family member, a carer or a friend, we're looking forward to shining a light on reading heroes across Northern Ireland.”
For more information on the Mini Winter Reading Challenge 2020, book recommendations and to sign up, please visit www.wintermini.org.uk.
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