Summer Reading Challenge 2014

A New Direction is excited to be supporting London libraries to deliver Arts Award as part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2014 – the Mythical Maze.

This year’s work expands on last year’s successful pilot, which delivered nearly 400 Arts Awards in partnership with 13 London library services.

This year we are working with libraries from 14 boroughs, 9 of which participated last year.

Children participating in the Summer Reading Challenge at libraries in these boroughs can achieve Arts Award Discover using a fun ‘Meet the Myth Maker’ booklet. Ask your children’s librarian if you’d like to take part.

We are providing libraries delivering Arts Award with the following support:

- Arts Award Discover & Explore adviser training for library staff
- Providing the Summer Reading Challenge Mythical Maze activity booklets for free
- Costs support for Arts Award Discover certification
- Support visits with an Arts Award expert (advice on general planning and evaluation)

For more information and to find out more about what is happening in your borough, please contact us.

Participating boroughs are:

Bexley - Bromley - Brent
Camden - Croydon - Ealing
Enfield - Hackney - Harrow
Hounslow - Newham - Redbridge
Southwark - Westminster

The Mythical Maze

Illustrator of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge Sarah McIntyre reveals her favourite character in the mythical maze and recommends one of her favourite books to read this summer.

About the Summer Reading Challenge

On its 16th anniversary, the Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six books during the long summer holiday. Each year it uses a new theme to inject fun and creativity into reading.

It helps gets three quarters of a million children into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence.

Every time children finish a book they get stickers and rewards and there's a certificate for everyone who finishes.

The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all school children and is designed for all reading abilities. Schools work with local libraries and give out information to encourage children to take part, and most libraries run Summer Reading Challenge linked early years activity for pre-schoolers.

The theme for the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge is Mythical Maze.

About Arts Award

Arts Award's unique qualifications support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. The programme develops their creativity, leadership and communication skills. Open to anyone aged 5 to 25, it embraces all interests and backgrounds.

Arts Award motivates and celebrates young people's artistic achievements. Young people can achieve an award through any arts, media or cultural activity, developing knowledge and understanding of their chosen art forms.

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England working with 10 regional Bridge organisations. A New Direction is part of this network, funded by Arts Council England, who lead on Arts Award regional development.