Manchester Libraries once again ran the annual national Summer Reading Challenge over the school summer holidays. Children are challenged to read six books over their break and are rewarded with a medal and certificate for their efforts. Alongside this, Manchester Libraries ran a Book Review competition in four age categories, where winners won a bundle of new books and a Kindle to celebrate their reading journey. We received a massive 700 entries which were all read by an enthusiastic team, who whittled down the wonderful reviews to the winning four.

Entries came in from all ages between 3 and 16. Many children used the opportunity to draw marvellous illustrations to decorate their entries and others created their own elaborate review sheets. The genres of books reviewed ranged from picture books, fiction, poetry and non-fiction. The book reviews gave us an insight into the wide variety of titles children read, from Elvis Presley’s biography to Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’, as well as favourites like David Walliams. The judging panel were highly impressed and entertained at the children’s honest opinions and eloquence with which they reviewed their chosen books. The young borrowers of Manchester Libraries have made us proud.

The winning children came from Arcadia Library, Beswick Library, Chorlton Library and Longsight Library.