Tesco Bank Reading Programme
On 19 June 2012 we announced a three year partnership with the Reading Agency in support of the Tesco Bank Reading Challenge Scotland.
Summer Reading Challenge
The Challenge aims to reach more than 35,000 children across Scotland, providing inspiration to join the library and read six books during the summer break from school, a time when traditionally there is a dip in children's literacy skills.
Specific support will benefit 30 local authorities to promote the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland, with storytelling sprints, entertainers, authors, flip cameras and other local activity designed to generate excitement around the magic of reading.
The partnership will also provide over 21,000 free books and reading materials each year, enabling its core aim of widening accessibility to education, the arts and sport.
Photo of children's author and actor Jonathan Meres and pupils from Fox Covert Primary School at Drumbrae Library and Community Hub in Edinburgh
Tesco Bank first lent its support to the programme last year where 34,826 children were involved, an increase of 12.3% on 2010. It is hoped that this number will rise once again this year.
Children's author and actor Jonathan Meres attended the programmes launch at the recently opened Drumbrae Library and Community Hub in Edinburgh where he hosted an interactive storytelling session for pupils from Fox Covert Primary School.
"We must do everything we can to make it easier for children to join the library and enjoy reading. The Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland is a vital initiative."