Children from a group of schools in Bury St Edmunds are being encouraged to step up their reading in the new year.
Philip Daws, Reading Champion for the 20 schools in the Bury Schools Partnership, is challenging youngsters to spend more time with their head buried in a good book.
His ‘Champions Challenge’ culminates in a special week, starting on January 25, when parents will be asked to keep record of their children’s reading for seven days.
At the end of the week all the hours spent reading will be totted up and prizes of £10 book tokens will be gifted to the kids who have read the most at each school.
The overall Reading Laureate prize, a £20 book token donated by Waterstones, will be given to the Partnership’s top reader.
Philip said there are plenty of great books for the children to discover.
He said: “It seems the perfect time of year to issue this challenge to our young readers here in Bury.
“There are some great books out there to choose from and my children will no doubt already have several on their shelves after Christmas.”
Clare Lamb, headteacher at All Saints Primary School in Lawshall, said: “We are really keen to highlight the importance of reading across the Bury Schools Partnership.
“It’s vital for children to read - and to enjoy the experience too.
“We can’t stress enough the fact that reading really should be a fun activity.”
A letter about the competition is being sent out this week to parents of all the children who will be involved.
Each child will be given a reading record sheet to complete.