A SUMMER reading challenge in the district’s libraries is lifting off.

The Space Chase-themed initiative will begin on Saturday (July 13) and run throughout the school holidays.

This year’s challenge is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

As part of the free venture, children aged four to 11 are encouraged to borrow and read six library books over the summer.

Youngsters should sign-up for the challenge at their local library, where they will be given a folder to keep a record of their progress.

Various incentives and rewards are offered during the challenge – and on completion participants receive a certificate and medal.

Many libraries will be staging events in support of the scheme.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s executive member for healthy people and healthy places, said: “The summer reading challenge is always one of our highlights.

“It is free, fun and can instil a love of books and reading into our children.”

For more details, visit bradford.gov.uk/libraries.