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Summer reading challenge! the mythical maze!
Summer reading challenge! the mythical maze!

Summer reading challenge! the mythical maze!

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. You can sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice, collecting stickers and other rewards along the way – all FREE.

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This is aimed at children aged 4 - 11 but younger children can take part if they wish. The choice of books they read is their own and they can also listen to books on CD. They're encouraged to read without any sort of pressure on them.

Voted hot - my children did thus when they were younger, they are now aged 21, 18 and 16

It's a lovely way to get children interested in books, my boys also did book track devon.gov.uk/boo…ack where you read 100 books earn 4 badges along the way and a gold badge (not sure if this is nationwide worth checking though) at the end that is aimed at anyone one aged 6 or over. My children all loved books (still do) and the library is such a fantastic resource!

This is not exactly 'new' as it's been summer holidays for a couple of weeks here in Scotland, and my two have already got a few stickers on their cards - it's rather sad that this sort of thing is needed to get more children to read, and I think that perhaps some of the parents need to read more (Some of them probably can't understand half the words in their kids books though) if they have time between hanging around on the streets and practicing their f-word phrases.

our library said we need to visit the library 6 times, not just read 6 books, so 1 book each time

I volunteered to help with this at my local library a few years ago after completing it when I was younger, and it was great! Lots of children took part I used to love doing it!!

Bargain_hunter101

I volunteered to help with this at my local library a few years ago after … I volunteered to help with this at my local library a few years ago after completing it when I was younger, and it was great! Lots of children took part I used to love doing it!!



This is my 5th year :o) They didn't have this when I was younger but I have always been an avid reader anyway. It's meant to help children who wouldn't normally read during the holidays so that they don't forget everything they have learnt by the time they go back.

The children are great because they all want to do it but some of the parents are real pains, insisting that their children can't read any old rubbish and picking out things that are far beyond, not only their capabilities but that they shouldn't be experiencing at that stage of their development even if they can read the words.

All in all, it's a great scheme, it gets children into libraries and off the streets (and away from their consoles!) and we always let their younger siblings take part and get stickers etc so that they don't feel left out.

I'd say go for it, but if you haven't been to the library for a while and are still expecting it to be a quiet place, then you are in for a shock, lol.

toomanychoices

This is my 5th year :o) They didn't have this when I was younger but I … This is my 5th year :o) They didn't have this when I was younger but I have always been an avid reader anyway. It's meant to help children who wouldn't normally read during the holidays so that they don't forget everything they have learnt by the time they go back. The children are great because they all want to do it but some of the parents are real pains, insisting that their children can't read any old rubbish and picking out things that are far beyond, not only their capabilities but that they shouldn't be experiencing at that stage of their development even if they can read the words. All in all, it's a great scheme, it gets children into libraries and off the streets (and away from their consoles!) and we always let their younger siblings take part and get stickers etc so that they don't feel left out. I'd say go for it, but if you haven't been to the library for a while and are still expecting it to be a quiet place, then you are in for a shock, lol.



I've never understood why parents are so reluctant to take children to libraries or share books with them and they do all learn at different paces that's for sure, my eldest took about 2 years to do booktrack yet his younger brother completed it before his 6th birthday as he was an early reader, they both loved books and so does there sister, we spent many an hour at the library and they lived to share books together with their sister who could not read but they would read to her and show her pictures etc.

My eldest has just turned 21 and when I asked him what he wanted for his birthday he asked for a kindle as so he could store lots of lovely books on it (I got him a kindle fire so he could do other things as well). It's so nice to know that he still,loves reading :).

I have signed my daughter today. I really like the idea. My daughter likes to read :))) Hot from me.

I've never understood why parents are so reluctant to take children to libraries or share books with them

I was totally gobsmacked last year when I overheard one of the grandmas telling the librarian that she didn't read, her daughter didn't read and when their granddaughter said she wanted to do the scheme they said, "oh you don't want to get into all that". She was quite proud of this attitude. (Luckily the granddaughter had a mind of her own)

My Mother-in-Law told my Husband, as a child, not to worry too much about reading, that he'd never been good at it! (can't beat a bit of encouragement, can you?)

Nothing, for me, beats the escape of a good book. Even a film can't compete because your own imagination is better than anything any film director can conjure up :o)

Hope your daughter enjoys herself Shahzoda, I'm sure she will :o)

toomanychoices

I've never understood why parents are so reluctant to take children to … I've never understood why parents are so reluctant to take children to libraries or share books with themI was totally gobsmacked last year when I overheard one of the grandmas telling the librarian that she didn't read, her daughter didn't read and when their granddaughter said she wanted to do the scheme they said, "oh you don't want to get into all that". She was quite proud of this attitude. (Luckily the granddaughter had a mind of her own)My Mother-in-Law told my Husband, as a child, not to worry too much about reading, that he'd never been good at it! (can't beat a bit of encouragement, can you?)Nothing, for me, beats the escape of a good book. Even a film can't compete because your own imagination is better than anything any film director can conjure up :o) Hope your daughter enjoys herself Shahzoda, I'm sure she will :o)



I work in a library and you wouldn't believe how many people that come in to the library have this kind of attitude. Particularly when you're offering something for free and they're already in the library! What's to lose?!?
Hope all the kids that do take part enjoy it and get something out of it

My 5 year old granddaughter has just joined the scheme and is loving it. Her mum has been taking her to the local library since she was 2 and she has always joined in anything they were offering. There is so much more for children these days at libraries than there was when mine were young, though they all enjoyed reading and still do.

Proud to say our kids love reading (8 & 11) and love visits to the library even though they have ebook readers and I have over 100,000 ebooks I have collected. They have done the reading challenges for quite a few years now and love doing them.

My child did this last year for the first time last year and really enjoyed it. Recommended

My son did this for the first time last year they had a smaller card for children under 4 so he could join in too he loves the library and we read books together every night well I read and he makes up the story based on the pictures. He is 2 years old but I do read more advanced books as well as picture books my mother did with me and my teachers at school used to think that was a good thing as I was very good at writing stories when I was at school.I read pictures books to him but he loves horrid henry and Roald Dahl books the Horrid Henry books we have are early reader books anyway as they have coloured pictures for him to look at and when we had read all of the picture books by Roald Dahl we moved on to the young reader books which our local children's centre read to them on Roald Dahl's book day last year his favourite books are the Gruffalo, any horrid henry book,Humpty Dumpty, the very hungry caterpillar and the magic finger.He's been begging to go to the library since Friday morning but unfortunately it is only open Monday,Thursday and Saturday and I can't make it on Saturdays as it's only half day so we will hopefully start the challenge again tomorrow.
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