This theme of this year’s challenge is ‘Reading Together’ and we encourage your to get cosy inside and read, listen and enjoy some stories together. The challenge is for all ages, and with the prospect of a certificate for anyone who reads four books before 28 February, it’s a great opportunity to encourage the whole family to read or listen to stories together.
All books count towards the challenge; eBooks, chapter books, information books, eAudiobooks, picture books and bedtime stories! Our BorrowBox app makes it easy to borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks at no cost and there are thousands of titles to choose from.
By downloading the BorrowBox app onto a smartphone you can enjoy listening to an eAudiobook while traveling, while doing housework or taking your daily exercise; we think they’re the perfect way of fitting books into a busy schedule.
Please visit the Kids’ Zone of our website here to register! It’s free to take part in the Winter Reading Challenge, but if you would like to make a small donation you can do that online on our website too.
Once you’ve signed up, you will recieve a confirmation email – this can take a couple of days to come through so don’t panic! But if you haven’t heard anything for a week, do check your spam folder or send us an email.
Log the books you read or listen to on our website – you can even tell us a little about the books read and what you thought of them. Or, if you rather not tell us about the books, you can just tell us how many books you’ve finished. When your register completing four books, using our online form, you will be emailed a pdf certificate to print-at-home.
There are so many books out there, where to start? For books to read together, we can recommend these six reads, most of which can be found on the BorrowBox app. Suitable for different age ranges, they are perfect to read together, and we think even those of us above the recommended age suitability will enjoy them.
For those who prefer books packed with facts, information and real life stories, we have many non-fiction books just waiting to be chosen.
Little People, Big Dreams is a series of non-fiction books by Isabel Sanchez Vegara, in which we meet outstanding people from designers and artists to scientists. Accompanied by beautiful illustrations, they are the perfect way to introduce children to biographies.
If you’re looking for some books for your child to read or listen to on their own, we can recommend books by such authors as Liz Pichon, David Walliams, Jill Murphy, Dav Pilkey, Steven Butler and Sam Copeland. All writers of imaginary, creative stories that will leave your child wanting to read more.
For the slightly older pre-teens and teens, we can recommend Rick Riordan, Anthony Horowitz, Jeff Kinney, Robin Stevens, Suzanne Collins, Angie Thomas, Philip Pullman, Patrick Ness and Malorie Blackman. These authors all write stories aimed from age 11 plus. As parents, you will know your child best, so we recommend reading the blurb and a couple of summaries of the book so you know what your child is reading.
Books train your mind to imagination to think bigTaylor Swift
To access BorrowBox, our online eBook and eAudiobook provider download the app onto your smartphone or tablet, login with your Hampshire Library card and pin to begin browsing. We regularly update our featured books on the main page if you are looking for inspiration or new authors.
You are also able to reserve books to collect at your local library, or request Read Read selections from your local branch. This ‘click and collect’ services utilises the expertise of our teams, who select books for you to collect, read, enjoy from the library.