With school holidays fast approaching (wasn't it just half term?), a special reading challenge for young bookworms has been launched in aid of Britain's The Children's Trust.
Over the next three months, children of all ages are invited to take part in the Big Book Challenge, which aims to encourage children to read as many books as possible during their summer break, and ask friends and family to sponsor them to raise money for The Children's Trust, a national charity which supports some of the UK's most profoundly disabled children.
No matter how old, everyone loves a good story and this sounds like a great opportunity to encourage kids to read some graphic albums as well as novels to me. Plus, it's a great opportunity for all the family to get involved.
The children at the Trust will be joining in too with storytelling evenings and activities and every penny raised will make a positive difference to the lives of the children and families that The Children's Trust supports.
Jacqueline Wilson, award-winning children's author who is supporting the special challenge, said: "I've been a bookworm since I was six years old. Books delight, entertain and inform - they're the most magical way of enriching our lives. It's also great fun discovering other worlds and meeting wonderful characters within the pages of a book. I hope children will really enjoy taking part in this challenge - and that a lot of money is raised to support the work of The Children's Trust."
The Children's Trust, based in Tadworth, is a national charity providing care, education and therapy for children with multiple disabilities and complex health needs, and rehabilitation services to children with an acquired brain injury. The Trust runs the UK's largest residential rehabilitation centre for paediatric acquired brain injury and has an on-site special school, The School for Profound Education (formerly St Margaret's), which publishes The Profound Education Curriculum for children and young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD).
Everyone who takes part will receive a certificate and those who raise over £50 in sponsorship will receive a free copy of 'The Bestest Ever Bear' poetry book.
• For more information and to get started go to www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/bigbookchallenge
• The Big Book Challenge Sponsorship Form (PDF)
Download your sponsorship form and start your reading adventure