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Young 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 8 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.

Viking history for kids

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.

Get Involved in 2020!

Are you brave enough to take part in Eric Bloodaxe’s book challenge? Read books to collect stickers and get a certificate, a free child ticket to JORVIK Viking Centre and the chance to meet this year’s chosen author, Hilary Robinson, at JORVIK Viking Festival 2020. Hilary Robinson is the author of Jasper: Space Dog and the upcoming Jasper: Viking Dog which will be released in February 2020.

author Hilary Robinson Viking dog

See library staff to sign up for the Bloodaxe Book Challenge, a partnership event between JORVIK Viking Festival and Explore York Libraries & Archives.