Summer Reading Challenge 2018/19

Waimakariri Libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge 2018/19 is a fun and inspiring reading programme designed to keep preschool, school-aged children, and youth reading over the summer holidays.

Participants complete reading challenges, earn incentives along the way, and upon completion are able to attend an age-appropriate finale prizegiving and party, and go in the draw to win some incredible prizes.

There are three categories:

  • Preschool (0 – 4 years)
  • Primary (5 – 12 years)
  • Youth (12 – 18 years)

We haven’t forgotten the adults!  When you come in to sign your child up, please ask about our Summer Reading Challenge for Adults too.  Participating in this challenge is great modelling for your child and will encourage them to complete the challenge.

HOW IT WORKS

PRESCHOOL CHALLENGE

The challenges are designed for you to do together with your child.

  1. Register at any branch of Waimakariri Libraries during registration week (late registrations will be accepted if you can’t make it during this week).
  2. You will be given a challenge card which contains a 4 x 4 grid of challenges.
  3. Your child needs to do two lines of challenges to complete the Summer Reading Challenge.  These can be a row, a column, or a diagonal of 4.
  4. After each line has been completed, check in to the library to show us your progress, and receive an incentive.
  5. After your child has done two lines, they have officially completed the Summer Reading Challenge!  Congratulations.  They are now eligible to attend the Summer Reading Challenge Preschool Prizegiving and Show, and go in the draw to win prizes, including the grand prize!
  6. Return the challenge card to us strictly no later than Sunday 20th January 2019.
  7. Attend the finale party and prizegiving on Wednesday 23rd January, 2019.

PRIMARY & YOUTH CHALLENGE

  1. Register at any branch of Waimakariri Libraries during registration week (late registrations will be accepted if you can’t make it during this week).
  2. You will be given a challenge card which contains a 5 x 5 grid of challenges.
  3. You need to do three lines of challenges to complete the Summer Reading Challenge.  These can be a row, a column, or a diagonal of 5.
  4. After each line has been completed, check in to the library to show us your progress, and receive an incentive.
  5. After you have done three lines, you have officially completed the Summer Reading Challenge!  Congratulations, you are now eligible to attend a Summer Reading Challenge Finale Party, and go in the draw to win prizes, including the grand prize!
  6. If you want to complete all the challenges on the card, you can do so – if you choose to do this you will go into an additional ‘Super Reader’ prize draw.
  7. Return the challenge card to us strictly no later than Sunday 20th January 2019.
  8. Attend either the primary finale party and prizegiving on Saturday 26th of January, 2019, or the youth finale party and prizegiving on Thursday 24th of January, 2019



Unless otherwise specified, you can read physical books, eBooks or audiobooks.  Some useful resources are linked below:

Registration

Registration week runs from Monday 26 November to Friday 30 November, daily from 3.30pm, at Oxford, Kaiapoi and Rangiora Libraries.

You can still register after this week – please ask a librarian who will be able to sign you up.

After you have registered you will receive the challenge card, and can start the challenge straight away.

FAQ

Who can do the Summer Reading Challenge?

Any child or student aged between 0 – 18 years.

I am 12 years old.  Am I in the primary or youth category? What is the difference?

12 year olds can choose which category they would like to be in.  The challenge card is the same for both categories, but the difference is the finale party and prizegiving.  The primary finale party is on a Saturday morning and features a magician.  The prizes are: a Harry Potter Lego set, a New World Gift Hamper, movie tickets, and books.

The youth party is on a Thursday afternoon at Kaiapoi Library.  It will be a pizza and movie party and the prizes are a YA Chronicles Book Box, a $100 Propaganda gift card, movie tickets, a sports bag and books.

What are the prizes for the pre-schoolers?

Jenga, a wooden train set, movie passes and books.

Is there any cost to participate?

No.  It is free to register for the Summer Reading Challenge, and there are no charges to pay at all.

Is everyone who registers eligible to attend a finale prizegving party?

You need to complete the challenge in order to be eligible to attend.  For the preschool challenge,  you need to complete two lines of challenges.  For the primary and youth categories, you need to complete three lines of challenges.

HANDY RESOURCES


Below are some collated resources you can use to help you complete tasks, for each of the different Reading Challenge levels. These include links to relevant booklists you can check out, and videos demonstrating different crafts and tasks.

Preschool

  • Read a book about pirates:

Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman

Pirate Pete and His Smelly Feet by Lucy Rowland

All Hands On Deck by Richard Dungworth

My Pop Is A Pirate by Damon Young

Pirate Ship by Jan Lewis

The Pirate Jamboree by Mark Teague

Captain McGrew Wants You For His Crew by Mark Sperring

  • Learn to say some words in te reo Māori:
    Find some books in our collection to help with this challenge.
  • Read a book with a bear in it:

Bug Bear by Patricia Hegarty

A Brave Bear by Sean Taylor

My Friend Bear by Jez Alborough

The Very Itchy Bear by Nick Bland

Bear On A Bike by Hannah Shaw

There’s A Bear On My Chair by Colin Ross

Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Joy Cowley

Peace At Last by Jill Murphy

  • Make Story Stones and tell a story: 
    • Collect some flat river stones – about 6 or 8.
    • Wash them and leave to dry thoroughly.
    • Choose some pictures – either draw your own or cut out from old magazines or print some pictures.
    • Select simple images – for example a cat, a fish, a tree etc.
    • Cut out the pictures and paste on to your stones, using white PVA glue. Apply a coat of glue over the image too, to seal it nicely and help adhere to the stone.
    • Once they are completely dry, put your stones into a small bag.
    • There are a few ways to use your stones:
    1. Tip them all out and arrange them into any order.
    2. Tell a story based on your stones.
    3. Or, get your child to dip into the bag and select one stone at a time and tell the story as each stone emerges.

Primary

  • Read a biography. Take a look at our reading suggestions on the Biographies Bookmarks, found in each of the libraries.

  • Listen to an eAudiobook using the BorrowBox App:
    On a mobile device you can use the free BorrowBox app, or just listen on your computer. All you will need is your library card number and PIN.
  • Read a book set on another planet. Take a look at our reading suggestions on the Different Planets Bookmarks, found in each of the libraries.

  • Read a book by a New Zealand author:
    The catalogue is a great place to find New Zealand books.
  • Read a magazine article about something of interest:
    You can find a wide range of magazines in all of our libraries, check out the catalogue for more information.  Otherwise, jump online and view our large range of eMagazines at RB Digital.  
  • Read and study a map:
    The Department of Conservation has a great interactive online map which can be found here. Alternatively we have many map books in our libraries.  Ask a librarian to help find one of interest to you.
  • Research an animal or place of your choice:
    You can search our Catalogue for some books, otherwise visit some of the resources on our Kids eLibrary.
  • Read a book with a character who is different from you. Take a look at our reading suggestions on the Different Lives Bookmarks, found in each of the libraries.

Youth

  • For reading suggestions that complete challenges, take a look at the bookmarks at each library. Examples below:

  • Listen to an eAudiobook using the BorrowBox App:
    On a mobile device you can use the free BorrowBox app, or just listen on your computer. All you will need is your library card number and PIN.
  • Read a book by a New Zealand author:
    The Catalogue is a great place to start.
  • Read a magazine article about something of interest:
    You can find a wide range of magazines in all of our libraries, check out the catalogue for more information.  Otherwise, jump online and view our large range of eMagazines at RB Digital.  
  • Read and study a map:
    The Department of Conservation has a great interactive online map which can be found here:
    Alternatively we have many map books in our libraries.  Ask a librarian to help find one of interest to you.
  • Research an animal or place of your choice:
    You can search our Catalogue for some books, otherwise visit some of the resources on our Kids eLibrary.