Milton Keynes Reading Adventure

Young readers in Milton Keynes can join the MK Reading Adventure challenge this summer - escape with a book, because reading is the first step to everywhere.

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This summer we’re running a very special Milton Keynes Reading Adventure for young readers.

The last year has been a strange and difficult one for everyone. Not only have schools and libraries been impacted by the Covid-19 disruption, but the reading skills and confidence of many young readers have also been affected. To boost reading and avoid that summer ‘dip’ in reading skills, we bring you the MK Reading Adventure and encourage you to read just for the fun of it.

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What is the challenge?

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We want as many children as possible to read or have help to read six library books over the summer to complete the challenge. 

Join the MK Reading Adventure - because reading is an adventure and you never know which world you'll escape to with your next book!

Who can join the challenge?

The challenge is open to all young readers in the Milton Keynes area. There are no age limits and if you can't read books on your own, you can have help from a grown up or another reader. 

When does the challenge start and end?

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The MK Reading Adventure begins on Thursday 1 July 2021, ends on Friday 24 September and it's FREE to join.

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How do I join?

It's simple to join the challenge by

When you register, we'll ask you for your library card number. If you don't have your own card, you can use your parent/guardian's card number - but why not have your own library card - it's free to join the library and there's no age limit.

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How do I choose my books?

Reading is fun in all kinds of ways and you can use your library card to borrow:

We're always happy to chat with you about books and recommend new authors or titles that we think you may enjoy.

Here are some booklists with great adventure stories to get you started:

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How do I remember what books I've read?

When you choose your first book, collect an MK Reading Adventure bookmark to record your six books as you go along. If you're not visiting a library, you can download and print your bookmark (PDF, 186KB) at home. [Print as an A4 sheet, double sided, flip on short edge and as actual size]

There's room on the bookmark to write the title and/or author each time you read a book. You can also rate the books by colouring in the 1, 2 or 3 stars so you'll know which ones you enjoyed the most.

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What do I do when I've read my six books?

When you’ve read all six books and written them on your bookmark, hand it in at one of the libraries or email the details or a photo of the bookmark to us so we know that you've completed the challenge. (Photos need to be less than 10mb)

How do I get my certificate?

Everyone who completes the challenge and reads six books will get a certificate.

  • If you email us a photo of your completed bookmark, we'll send you a link to download and print your certificate at home.
     
  • If you visit a library with your bookmark to show that you've completed the challenge, a member of staff will give you a certificate. 
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What other things can I do for the MK Reading Adventure challenge?

Throughout the summer, you'll find themed activities on the website and our YouTube channel.

We’ll be watching social media to see how you’ve been joining in. Make sure you use the hashtag #MKReadingAdventure when you share your photos so we can share them on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages too.

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Treasure Hunt at the Libraries

If you visit any of the libraries over the summer ask for a treasure hunt entry form and find the MK Reading Adventure pictures hidden in the shelves. 

When you've found them all and written down the names, fill in your details and pop your entry into the box at the library.

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You'll be entered into a prize draw and the winners will be chosen at the end of September.

Activity sheets to download

Book Reviews

You can email your book reviews to us at childrens.library@milton-keynes.gov.uk or download our Book Review slip (PDF, 145KB) to fill in and hand back at any of the libraries. Be sure to tell us the name of the book. We'd like to know what you thought of the books you read, and we'll be adding reviews to our book reviews web page.

Visit our YouTube Channel

We've been adding plenty of videos to our YouTube Channel linked to the MK Reading Adventure including:

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  • Storytimes and Rhyme times
  • Craft sessions
  • Book reviews and recommendations

We hope you’ll take on the challenge and read with us this summer.

I still have questions

You can email us with any questions or ask a member of staff when you next visit any of the libraries.

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Join the MK Reading Adventure right now:

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Register for MK Reading Adventure 2021

Complete the form to register for the reading challenge or join at any library.

EG B123454321 (include the X at the end if you have one)

It's free to join the library at any age and have your own library card.

Read more about joining by visiting: www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/join

Start your adventure by going to the MK Reading Adventure web page.

www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/mkra

 

Last Updated: 19 July 2021