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Waimakariri Libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge 2019/20 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:
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.
The challenges are designed for you to do together with your child.
Unless otherwise specified, you can read physical books, eBooks or audiobooks.
Registration week runs from Monday 25 November to Friday 29 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.
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 youth category is focussed on reading books from our youth book lists and bookmarks. You earn a collectible badge for each challenge you complete. Four challenges must be completed in order to be eligible to attend the finale party, and be in the prize draw. The youth party is on a Thursday evening, and is a pizza and movie party. The prizes are: a $100 Propaganda gift card, movie passes, pool passes and books.
The primary category has a bingo card feel. You need to complete a series of reading challenges in order to be eligible to attend the finale party, and be in the prize draw. The primary party is on a Saturday, and features an entertainer, and is attended by the mayor. The prizes are: Harry Potter LEGO set, a Bubble Science kit, books, movie passes and pool passes.
What are the prizes for the pre-schoolers?
A 'fantail' crate from KidsCrate (education & fun craft kit), movie passes, pool 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.
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.
Youth booklists & bookmarks can be found here.
eBooks & eAudiobooks
See our eBook selection for young people on ePlatform.
Children’s eBooks on BorrowBox.
Listen to children’s eAudiobooks on Borrowbox.
Watch and listen to some of your favourite stories being read by Australian and New Zealand storytellers on Storybox Library.
RBDigital provides access to popular magazines and now also has a great range of eComics which are yours to download and keep.
Library Catalogue - the place to go when you want to track down a book or place a hold.
New Zealand Geographic has awesome articles, documentaries and information about the people, places and wildlife of New Zealand and surrounding areas, like Antarctica.
Kids eLibrary is a great place to start looking for ideas to complete challenges, particularly for the Primary age group.
Kids Reading has some excellent recommendations for a variety of genres and reading levels.