The Summer Reading Challenge 2016 is well underway, but there is still time to join in. Every year, thousands of families all over the country take part in the UK’s biggest reading event for children in libraries run by the charity The Reading Agency.
The idea of the challenge is to encourage children to read any six books (fact or fiction, or even magazines or audio books) of their choice from their local library during the summer holidays. Every year there is a different theme - last year was Record Breakers and the year before was the fabulous Mythical Maze; this year it is The Big Friendly Read, linking up with the global year-long Roald Dahl 100 celebrations, to honour the world's No.1 Storyteller.
Unfortunately H didn't want to take part in the challenge this year, which is aimed at children aged between four and eleven and is run at nearly all libraries across the UK (and is completely free!). As a compromise, he and I chose a new book each for him and for L and they are both reading them over the Summer. At the end of the holidays they will be writing me a short book report. I think it is so important to encourage reading through the Summer to prevent any 'dip' in progress during their break, and also just because I want them to learn to love reading and all of the adventures books can take them on.
We have made several trips to the library already and E is ready to go back and choose books five and six, she loves the little Roald Dahl collector postcards - brilliantly illustrated by Quentin Blake - that she receives for each book she finishes, which also come with a folder to keep them in. Some of them are even scratch 'n' sniff!
E can't wait to receive her certificate and medal at the end of the challenge, this is her third year of taking part and she is always so proud of her achievement when she finishes. She is an amazing reader for someone so young and I love that she shares a love of reading with me. Long may it continue.