The official collection of books for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge has been unveiled, featuring titles on ocean plastic, Amelia Earhart and the solar system.
The theme for the 2022 challenge is “Gadgeteers” and aims to inspire kids to see the science and innovation behind everyday objects. This year’s Summer Reading Challenge will launch at the National Science & Media Museum in Bradford on July 7 and officially kick off in England and Wales on July 9, throughout the school holidays. It started in Northern Ireland and Scotland on June 25.
The book collection is divided into two lists, one for young children and one for more confident readers, representing exciting children’s contemporary fiction, poetry, non-fiction and picture books on science and science themes. ‘innovation. Many of the books in the collection are newer titles released in 2022. A number of titles will be available in additional formats, including eBooks and audiobooks.
This year’s youngest list includes books from 19 different publishers, including Admire the stars with Ada and the Galaxies by Alan Lightman and Olga Pastuchiv (Walker Books) and It was a great idea by James Carter (Little Tiger). You are 25% banana by Susie Brooks (Farshore) and The planet in a pickle jar by Martin Stanev (Flying Eye Books) are also included.
For young challenge participants who are honing their reading skills, the collection includes fun and inspirational titles for early readers such as Yasmin the scientist by Saadia Faruqi (Raintree) and The Tindim of Rubbish Island by Sally Gardner (Head of Zeus). There are also graphic novels such as Ocean Plastics Problem: An Adventure of Super Scientist Max Axiom by Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan (Raintree).
Children can also read about unusual and unique spirits in Inventors: incredible stories about the world’s most ingenious inventions by Robert Winston (DK) and the graphic novel, This is her story: Amelia Earhart by Kim Moldofsky (Sunbird Books).
The old list includes a variety of mid-level fiction, poetry, and non-fiction from 24 different publishers. This includes Breakfast Beetles…and Other Weird and Wonderful Ways to Save the Planet by Madeleine Finlay (Flying Eye Books) and collection of poetry Daydreams and Jellybeans by Alex Wharton (Firefly Press).
There is also MA Bennett’s The Butterfly Club: The Vessel of Destiny (Welbeck flame), Town of Rust by Gemma Fowler (Chicken House), and Harley Hitch and the Iron Forest by Vashti Hardy (Scholastic), as well as Perfectly weird, perfectly you by Camilla Pang (Hachette Children’s Books) and the book by BBC presenter and renowned space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock Dr. Maggie’s Grand Tour of the Solar System (Michael O’Mara).
Ambassador and physicist Dr Jess Wade said: “Books and reading are a great way to get kids interested in science and engineering. They can transport you out of your bedroom and into a state-of-the-art science lab, and fill your dreams with ideas for new experiences and discoveries. They also provide parents and teachers with a great opportunity to learn about what scientists do (and how much fun we have!), helping them to better support their children when choosing what to study at school and at University. »