Reading lamps at the ready, the time for York’s young readers to pick up a book or four to win a fantastic Norse-themed prize is here, as JORVIK Viking Festival and
JORVIK’s team of Viking interpreters have thrown down the gauntlet for young bookworms to complete four or more books in the eight weeks from 26 November 2022 to 28 January 2023.
Children signing up for the challenge simply collect a special bookmark from any Explore York Library, receiving a sticker for each book they read.
“It would be lovely if the participants choose historical books – especially Viking-themed – but actually, we’d be delighted if they read four or five of any kind of book,” comments Erin Tattersall, part of the JORVIK Group’s education team that organises the initiative with Explore York Libraries.
Each child who fills their bookmark with four or more stickers will receive a certificate, a free child ticket to JORVIK Viking Centre and free entry for one child ticket plus an accompanying adult to the Bloodaxe Author event on Saturday 11 February 2023, hearing the Horrid Henry author talking about her inspiration for the Two Terrible Vikings series.
This year’s Bloodaxe Book Challenge was launched by children from St Aelred’s School when they met Viking Aelfgyth (Sarah Strong) at Tang Hall Explore, where they attended a Time to Read session and took part in a fun Saga activity.