Bloodaxe Book Challenge

RagnarYoung readers are encouraged to take part in a literary battle as part of the JORVIK Viking Festival Bloodaxe Book Challenge!

The book challenge, supported by Explore York Libraries and Archives, tasks children with reading four books between October and January.

The Bloodaxe Book Challenge has now run for 7 years, and is a partnership between the JORVIK Viking Festival and Explore York Libraries and Archives. Children of all ages can participate for free at any of York’s libraries.

The Bloodaxe Book Challenge aims to encourage York children to improve their literacy by reading books and making use of their libraries. Participants can sign up at their local library, where they will receive a Book Challenge bookmark. They must read 4 books to successfully finish the challenge. For each book completed, they will receive a sticker.

On completion of the challenge, each participating child will be rewarded with a certificate and one child’s ticket to visit the JORVIK Viking Centre. Each child will also be entered into a prize draw to win a ticket to a special JORVIK Viking Festival event with the year’s Book Challenge author.

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Watch out for the 2020 Bloodaxe Book Challenge – details to be announced later this year!