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Top Reads - Discover the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge

Can your little book worm read six books in six weeks? The Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland encourages children aged 4-11 to visit their local library and read six books over the holidays.

Your little one can enter online and will receive a reward for every book they complete from their local library. They can read any book they choose, whether it’s a joke book, a story, a factual book or a poetry book, and gain a certificate when they complete all six books. The challenge is open to all reading levels and abilities.

We asked some of our libraries to recommend their top summer reads to help you along the way…

Calum’s New Team by Danny Scott - Melrose Library

'If you like football then you will love this! Calum is football-mad and with the help of his pals Leo and Erika, can he fit into a new team at a new school in a new town? 

We chose this book as it is a good one for boys who are reluctant readers, who might enjoy reading a about a sport they enjoy.'

Storm Horse by Nick Garlick - Hawick Library

'This book won the Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Awards in May this year. It was a clear winner and a big favourite with the 8-10 year olds. It's an adventure story set on a Dutch island with lots of drama. The main character, Flip, who is orphaned and is being bullied, helps rescue Storm from drowning. They develop a strong friendship – can they help each other?

A definite must read for the Summer Holidays!'

The Big Fat, Totally Bonkers Diary of Pig by Emer Stamp - Peebles Library

'This is the 4th diary of the amazing Pig and his friends Cow and Duck. Pig’s diaries are very popular in Peebles and Pig himself is a fan of Peebles Library. Pig’s books will appeal particularly to to 7 – 10 year olds and if you want to find out more about him then Emer Stamp is running a session, “Silly Swines” at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Thursday 17th August at 3.45pm.'

The Homeless Foal by Tina Nolan - Galashiels Library

'There’s always a home at Animal Magic. In a perfect world there’d be no need for Animal Magic. But Eva and Karl Harrison, who live at the rescue centre with their parents, know that life isn’t perfect. Every day there’s a new arrival in need of their help!

When Merlin the foal is born at Animal Magic, Eva is desperate for him to find a new home near enough to visit. And that’s not all Eva has to worry about: Mrs Brooks’s plan to close down the rescue centre looks set to become a reality…..

We chose this book as animal stories are very popular with children and it ties in with the Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge and our Common Ridings.'

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling - Selkirk Library

'Mowgli is a boy growing up in the jungle after being left there when he was a baby. With a pack of wolves, a bear called Baloo, a black panther called Bagheera, a tiger called Shere Khan, a snake called Kaa as well as a tribe of monkeys, discover who he can trust and who he cannot.

If you have seen the films or even if you haven’t, it is time to read the classic tales of The Jungle Book that inspired the movies. Let Kipling draw you into his world of adventurous drama full of danger and secrets. A perfect choice for this year’s Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge.'

Our libraries have loads of activities and events for this Summer's Reading Challenge, visit the Discover Summer section of our website to find out more!

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