Space Chase launches at libraries across the Isle of Wight tomorrow (Saturday 13 July) and runs until Saturday 7 September.

Island libraries are calling on young Islanders to take part in this summer’s Space Chase reading challenge.

Children are being invited to read any six library books over the holidays, the theme this year is inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Children will team up with futuristic family; The Rockets, for an exciting space mission as they track down books nabbed by a mischievous band of aliens. As children read library books for the challenge, they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells.

By adding these stickers to their collectable mission folders, young readers will help the Rockets solve clues, dodge asteroids and discover the missing books, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.

To take part in Space Chase, all you need to do is sign up at your nearest library, where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.

Development librarian for young people and lifelong learning, Elspeth Jackson, said:

“We hope young readers across the Island get on board for this year’s exciting reading challenge. Last year saw an amazing 2,087 children sign up and it ran in all eleven of the island’s libraries, including volunteer-run libraries and the mobile library.”

Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency, said:

“At the Reading Agency, we tackle life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading. We know from our research that families and children love taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge, and we are proud to have been running the Challenge for twenty years this year.

You can find out more here.