THOUSANDS of young bookworms have been rewarded for taking part an annual library challenge, which gets children reading more throughout their summer holiday.

Children were tasked to read six books over the summer break as part of the Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge, and rewarded with a certificate and medal for succeeding.

In a record-breaking year, more than 2,300 youngsters participated this time, with 1,692 of those completing the challenge before the new school year began.

The theme for this year's challenge was Space Chase, an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Dozens of Reading Hack volunteers aged 13-19 helped library staff to run the programme, giving up their time to inspire their peers and younger children to read, while working towards certificates in the nationally-recognised Arts Awards.

Cllr Anthony Burns, St Helens Council’s cabinet member for public health, leisure and libraries, said: “The annual Summer Reading Challenge is such a massive occasion on the library service’s calendar which has seen many thousands of children participate over the years.

"None of this would be possible without the dedication of our library staff, and the help and support of our young volunteers in the Reading Hack scheme.

“Congratulations to everyone who took part and a massive thank you to all the local families who enable and encourage their children to learn and grow in our libraries.”

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Olivia Eley, aged five receiving her medal and certificate at Thatto Heath Library.

Olivia Eley, aged five receiving her medal and certificate at Thatto Heath Library.
Martin Eley

Madison knowles age 7 Sophia knowles age 3

Madison knowles age 7
Sophia knowles age 3
Emily Ralph

Emilia Briscoe -Age 6 Joshua Briscoe - Age 3

Emilia Briscoe -Age 6
Joshua Briscoe - Age 3
Kelly Briscoe

Summer reading challenge. Oliver Parker Aged 5. Rainhill library

Summer reading challenge. 
Oliver Parker 
Aged 5. 
Rainhill library
Oliver Parker

David aged 5, receiving his medal and award for the summer reading challenge

David aged 5, receiving his medal and award for the summer reading challenge
Cath Allard

Lily Chamberlain age 9. Reading challenge presentation at Eccleston library.

Lily Chamberlain age 9.
Reading challenge presentation at Eccleston library.
Julie Chamberlain

Brothers Matthew Williams age 6 and Sebastian Leonowicz age 9 months

Brothers Matthew Williams age 6 and Sebastian Leonowicz age 9 months
Clare Leonowicz

John age 8, 3rd year of reading challenge

John age 8, 3rd year of reading challenge
Community contributor

Jack Thomas age 4

Jack Thomas age 4
Joanne Thomas

Our little girls Hayley 6 and Ellie 4 enjoyed the reading challenge and collecting their certificates.

Our little girls Hayley 6 and Ellie 4 enjoyed the reading challenge and collecting their certificates.
Laura Holtby