Hundreds of children and their families from Portsmouth are expected to descend on Southsea Castle this Sunday 17 September from 10am to celebrate their successful completion of the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge.  Children who read six books over the summer holidays will be presented with a certificate and a medal. 

As well as receiving their well-earned prizes they'll also be able to meet some famous characters from children's books, be enchanted by local storyteller, Michael O' Leary and take part in treasure hunts, quizzes and other activities.

Cllr Linda Symes, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said; "I look forward to this celebration of libraries and books every year and it's fantastic to see so many children and their families have taken part in this year's Summer Reading Challenge.  It's a really fun way for children to keep up their reading skills during the long summer holiday."

Run every year by public libraries and The Reading Agency, this year's Reading Challenge theme was 'Animal Agents'.  Children were given a special fold-out poster and collected stickers and rewards for each book they read.  The artwork for this year's Challenge was by Tony Ross, the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator (creator of the Little Princess books, illustrator of the Horrid Henry series by Francesca Simon, and of books by David Walliams and Claire Balding.