Few things make my heart skip a beat more than a good book. I get very excited when people recommend books to me that I’ve never heard of and I’m a self-confessed author stalker on twitter, always keeping an eye out for the latest releases from my favourite writers.
Every summer, when my kids are let loose from the safe structure of the school environment for 2 whole months it can feel quite daunting. I mean, what if everything they’ve learned falls straight out of their awesome little heads while they are trampoline-boinging or rolling down hills? It’s a genuine fear. What if all the teachers’ hard work during term time is going to waste as I focus on having FUN with my 3 boys and forget about keeping their spongy little brains full of similes and adjectives and partitioning (?) and the Ancient Egyptians. It’s a big responsibility, so to alleviate my concerns one of the first things we do at the start of summer break is head to the library and register for the Summer Reading Challenge.
Today, after a lazy, first-day-of-summer morning spent in the garden we went to our local library and were delighted to discover that the Summer Reading Challenge, organised by the Reading Agency in conjunction with local libraries, has joined forces with Guinness World Records and that by taking part kids, and grown ups too, can attempt to break a world record by pledging to read as many books as possible over the summer months.
The awesome librarian at Cregagh Library, Belfast, enthusiastically registered my boys for the Summer Reading Challenge, and each of them pledged to read 20 books over the summer. They were each given a poster to chart the number of books they read as well as stickers and a wristband. The entire scheme not only promotes reading and keeps young minds healthy and interested in the world around them but also encourages them to explore some of the amazing real-life achievements that have already made it into the legendary Guinness Book of Records and to attempt their own challenges. As Guinness World Records celebrates its 60th anniversary this year what a lovely way for kids to join in and to possibly even feature in the next edition of the annual.
Every Christmas my Dad is given a Guinness Book of Records. It would be so cool if the Summer Reading Challenge 2015 was a record breaker and my boys could tell him that they were a major part in making it happen- because let’s face it, that’s how they will see it! And rightly so, it will be an achievement for them to complete the 20 books they’ve set as their goal.
Check out the rainbow of books they have picked so far.
It’s going to be a colourful summer of reading for my 3 and I can rest assured that while they are loving the challenge of world record-breaking their minds are being stimulated and returning to school in September won’t be too much of a shock to the system!
Here are the little posters for charting books read and it is filled with record breaking facts and comes with stickers (what is it with kids and stickers?)
I’m also taking part in the challenge and am currently reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (review to follow) so why not have a go yourself and see if we can get into the Guinness Book of Records together.
Just visit your local library to register and start borrowing books right away. The kids will love it and if the sun is shining why not make an afternoon of it and take your new books and a picnic to the park for a relaxing bit of story-telling – reading outdoors is such fun!