The Isle of Wight Library Service mobile library, which was one of the venues for the Summer Reading Challenge. Picture by Peter Boam.
MORE than 2,500 children took part in the Isle of Wight library service's Summer Reading Challenge.
The challenge, which ran throughout the summer in all 11 of the Island's libraries and on the mobile library, encouraged children aged four to 11 to read six books during the summer holiday.
Over two thirds of the children who took part successfully completed the challenge — significantly higher than the usual national average — while participation was also up by more than 18 per cent compared to 2012, according to the Isle of Wight Council.
The vast majority of children surveyed felt they were better readers at the end of the summer than they were at the start, and many parents said they had never seen their children so keen to read.
National research has show taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge can help boost a child's achievement when they return to school in September.
All children who earned a medal were invited to write a review or draw a picture of their favourite book of the summer.
The best entry from each library has been selected, and the winning children were invited to a prize-giving at Lord Louis Library in Newport on Saturday.