The annual award ceremony for successful completion of the summer reading challenge takes place at Southsea Castle on Sunday 16 September between 10-3.30pm. 

This year has been the most successful yet with over 1,600 children reading over 9,600 library books as part of the Beano themed challenge. 

Children will be presented with their medal and certificate and can take part in a Beano-themed character treasure hunt, craft activities and face painting.  

Local storyteller Michael O' Leary will performing four sessions throughout the day (10:30-11:15 / 11:30-12:15 / 13:15-14:00 / 14:15-15:00), the mobile library will be there and there'll be appearances from The Gruffalo, and the Nelson and Mary Rose mascots from Portsmouth Football Club. 

Cllr Steve Pitt Cabinet Member for Culture Leisure and Sport said: "I'm a big fan of the Summer Reading Challenge - it grows in popularity each year.  It's great to see so many children taking part and enjoying reading over the summer holidays - they should all be very proud of themselves."