Young bookworms in South Tyneside have been congratulated on their summer reading achievements.
About 170 people from more than 70 families attended the celebratory event at Cineworld in Boldon, where children who had taken part in the Creepy House Summer Reading Challenge were praised for their efforts.
The children were encouraged to read a minimum of six library books during the annual reading challenge, run by South Tyneside libraries over the summer holidays.
Youngsters collected stickers and rewards as part of the adventure, and took part in themed activities such as storywriting, storytelling, crafts, clay modelling and animal handling.
All those who read 30 or more books were entered into a free prize draw to win a Nintendo 3DS games console.
This was won by seven-year-old Lucy Furniss. Other winners were presented with book tokens by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson, who said: “It was fantastic to see that so many young people had taken part in the challenge.
“Reading is not only an important life skill, but it opens up a whole new world of adventure.
“This challenge, and the many activities that take place in our libraries, also help to increase children’s enjoyment of reading and improve their reading range, motivation and confidence.”
All the prize winners who attended on the day were entered into a second prize draw for another Nintendo 3DS, which was won by seven-year-old Mia Ogden.
There were about 47,500 books issued over the six-week holidays, with six or more books read by nearly 1,700 children.
More than 3,000 children and 1,200 adults attended 200 craft and activity sessions.