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More than 550 take part in summer reading challenge

A huge congratulations is being said to everyone who joined in the Middlesbrough Midsummer Challenges with 30 days of fun, reading related activities.

The month-long event #BoroReads run by the National Literacy Trust and promoted by the Middlesbrough School Readiness Team attracted more than 550 participants.

The challenges - which also offered daily prizes - offered the whole family things to do together during these unprecedented times and there were a number of families who completed every challenge.

There was also great participation from families across the town with fantastic photos emailed in.

Allison Potter, the National Literacy Trust's Middlesbrough Reads manager, said: "We have had a baby reading in their buggy, children reading recipes and making some yummy treats, siblings sharing books together and children enjoying reading rhymes and poems.

"Parents are noticing that the daily challenges are encouraging their children to pick up a book and read and they are looking forward to the next challenge being announced.

"The staff at Beech Grove Primary School all joined in on Day 5, reading a story about an animal, and submitted some brilliant photos.   To acknowledge their enthusiasm #BoroReads has donated a bundle of animal themed books for their school library."

The full 30 days of challenges are still available online - but just for fun! All the entries can also be seen in the Midsummer Challenges album on the Family Information Service Facebook page.

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