Winners of a summertime library reading challenge were treated to magical entertainment at a prize-giving event.
Littles ones from across central Beds took part in the annual challenge, which is run by charity The Reading Agency and sponsored by the Wates Family Enterprise Trust in a bid to encourage children to get stuck into a good book.
More than 5,000 children took part.
Councillor Brian Spurr, who oversees community services, said: “It’s easy for children to switch off over the summer and not pick up a book until they get back to school in September, so for so many children to take part in The Summer Reading Challenge was fantastic.”
All participating children were entered into a prize draw and the winners - including Freya Hill, nine, from Ampthill Library and Jake Henman, eight, from Flitwick Library - attended a special event at Luton’s Stockwood Discovery Centre.
As well as receiving prizes the youngsters and their families were entertained by magician Lewis Joss and a cheque for £2,500 was presented to good cause the Keech Cottage Children’s Charity.
The reading challenge encouraged children to read at least six books during the school break and to find their way around a mythical maze, designed by illustrator Sarah McIntyre, while collecting stickers along the way.