Monday, 3rd December 2012


The Reading Agency has announced a participation increase of over 12% in the 2012 edition of the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland.

39,217 children enjoyed the Storylab theme across 30 local authorities in Scotland. The programme encourages youngsters to read six books during the summer holidays, at a time when there is traditionally a dip in literacy standards.

For the first time every participating local authority received specific budget from Tesco Bank to allow them to promote the challenge with exciting activities for kids and their families.

After two years of support from Tesco Bank the Summer Reading Challenge has now seen growth of over 25%.

Anne Sarrag, UK director of the Summer Reading Challenge, said: “I’m really delighted to see the increase in participation this year.


“It’s a tremendous achievement and reflects the enthusiasm and commitment of both the children’s library staff and the partnership with Tesco Bank -  whose partnership has provided  valuable resourcing to help libraries help more children benefit from reading  during the holidays.”