The Summer Reading Challenge

As a long standing client of Mearns & Gill, we are proud to have supported Total E&P UK in their work with the annual Summer Reading Challenge since 2005. In partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, the Challenge encourages children to read and review books during the summer break.

Each year requires a different theme, and these have ranged from topical events such as The Olympics and The Year of the Homecoming, to more general topics, like this year’s theme, ‘Your Place, Your Space...Just Read.’


The Summer Reading Challenge

Working with Illustrator Howard Molloy, the accompanying graphics for the campaign were based around places that we go to to fully immerse ourselves in a good book.

As part of the project, Mearns & Gill supplied 350 posters to be displayed in libraries and schools across Aberdeenshire, as well as 8,500 bookmarks to be supplied to every child taking part in the Challenge. These bookmarks also help the children keep track of what they have read, collecting one sticker for each book and receiving a prize after reading six or more.

This was my first year leading and co-ordinating the Summer Reading Challenge for Aberdeenshire Libraries from start to finish. I found the process of working with Mearns & Gill to be a straight-forward and enjoyable one. The team at Mearns & Gill were very efficient and produced high quality work for the Challenge. This contributed to the continued success of this initiative.

Jane Brebner, Young People Services Librarian, Aberdeenshire Libraries

The 2016 challenge saw a 5% increase in participants with 7,566 children entering. A total of 45,396 books were read during the challenge - a fantastic accomplishment for all schools taking part.

For more information on the Reading Challenge, visit www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/libraries/young/summer-reading-challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge
The Summer Reading Challenge

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