Reading contest announce time travel theme

Aden Country Park will host the launch of The Summer Reading Challenge next Thursday (June 19).

Pupils are invited to take part in this year’s challenge - “Travel through time with a good book”, has been chosen to tie in with historical themes celebrated throughout Scotland this year.

Youngsters can put pen to paper and write a story on the theme of time travel with the opening paragraph being supplied from local author Deborah Leslie.

Three categories have been created which include: children aged 6 and under - who can draw a picture based on the theme, and children aged between 7-9 and those over 10 years old can submit a story.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee Councillor Isobel Davidson said: “Every year children of all ages enjoy taking part in the summer reading challenge which aims to promote reading, encourage progression, support curricular outcomes and involve children in cultural activity.

“This year’s theme of time travel will no doubt produce some very inspiring work.”

The winners and their classmates will receive a trip to Poppyscotland headquarters in Edinburgh.

Head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland, Colin Flinn, added: “Encouraging young people to learn about the origins of Remembrance is a key activity for Poppyscotland.

“We are delighted to support this initiative by offering the winning class an opportunity to visit the fascinating Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory to meet veterans and learn how poppies are made.”

Since the challenge began in 2002, over 170,000 books have been read.