3 Oct 2014

Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge 2014

I have said it before and I am saying it again. It is never too early to start reading books to your little ones. 

I am not the only one saying it. The Reading Agency says so too. Every year, more than 800,000 children in the UK aged four to eleven take part in the Summer Reading Challenge hosted by the Reading Agency via their local libraries.  Every year there’s a different theme. The aim of the challenge is to get children to read six books from their library during the summer holidays.

This year, toddlers and pre-schoolers had the opportunity to participate in a Mini version of the challenge. At 3 years old, J was very willing to enrol. There was no set theme for the little ones. They could pick any six books of their choosing and read them (or have them read out to them, which is more the case given that toddlers and pre-schoolers cannot actually read for themselves unless they are child prodigies. Which J isn't).

So these are the books J read as part of his Mini Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge 2014. There were a couple in there that I grew up with. Clifford and Paddington Bear were hot favourites when I was little. That might have influenced J's choice just a little bit. But Elmer was introduced to me after I became J's Aai (Mother). As was Eliza and the Moonchild and Baby Owl. So they were definitely his choice. I am ready to claim part responsibility for picking Kipper. I like the funny little dog as much as the next person.

Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge 2014

Overall, J had an excellent variety of books to keep him going through his extra-long last summer holidays before his first ever year at school (nursery).

He had to collect 6 stickers on a little card, 1 for each book he had read. Here is how he got on.

Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge 2014

And at the end of the challenge, my little boy got presented a certificate and a gleaming golden medal to say he had successfully completed this year's Summer Reading Challenge. I am not sure who was more proud, J or his Aai.

Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge 2014

I have waxed lyrical in the past about the benefits of reading books to children. It will suffice to say that books have the potential to unlock the mysteries of the universe and to open doors to mysterious, magical and mythical worlds. They can enrich minds and trigger imaginations. They can be your friends for life.
  
For the love of the written word is a love that grows stronger with nurture and repetition. It is a love that never falters. A love that stands the test of time and changes you for the better.


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24 comments:

  1. "It is never too early to start reading books to your little ones."
    Agreed. It's a great bonding experience - cuddling up and reading a great story. Nice post.

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  2. I couldn't agree more, reading to and with our children is so important. I think the summer reading challenges are fantastic, my children have to complete a reading log over the summer for returning to school at start of term. I think this is brilliant, meaning that reading really does just become part of their day to day lives. I love books, couldn't live without them. I hope my children feel the same. Thanks so much for linking to #ThePrompt x

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  3. We love reading to Baby, all snuggled up together, perfect! x

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  4. I have one book worm and one that is a reluctant reader. I still read to both of them every night

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  5. Ive challenged my nephew who is 8 to read 15 books this year, he has done 9 so far which I guess isnt too bad x

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  6. I used to love reading with my son when he was little. It's a real bonding moment having a bedtime story. These books you have shown are fabulous.

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  7. You are right. It's good to start reading early and teaching children the shape of the words and pretty soon they are able to recognise letters. Great choice of books.

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  8. I am lucky that my children have all developed a love of books, I think for them to see us reading and visiting the library together is a great way to encourage this.

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  9. Sadly my local library changed its opening hours at the beginning of August so it's barely open now. Thankfully we have stacks of books at home and love raiding charity shops.

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  10. Well done, J. We love the national reading challenge and have done it for the last four years. My kids love collecting the stickers and special rewards they're given after each couple of books. Really motivating.

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  11. Ah! This sounds great. My daughter would love it. We have time issues here meaning we dont do as much reading we should, but this sounds like a great way to get things going x

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  12. I used oto LOVE doing these reading initiatives when I was a kid and remember reading through tonnes of books at the library to try and guess where the treasure was in the activity map. Reading is such a great gift to give a child. x

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  13. This brings back happy memories - Austin did his reading challenge this Summer too! You're right, it's never too early to start helping your children love books, and they can change lives. I certainly look back with love on all my own favourite childhood reads. A gorgeous post.

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  14. my girls loved this this summer

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  15. Aw good for him. What a great idea to get them to love to read from an early age, brilliant.

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  16. My girls signed up for the summer reading challenge but unfortunately, due to weeks away staying with family and the opening hours to the library being severely cut we didn't manage to make it back in time to complete the challenge.
    I'm going to try and organise the visits away next summer to fit in with the library opening times because both girls absolutely love reading and would really have loved to get the medal!

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  17. I love reading books with my children, it is great how they can be whisked off to new worlds through a book. Great idea

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  18. I hope my future kids loves books as much as I do!

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  19. what fun, reading is a must for kids.I love reading to Wilf! x

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  20. My son wanted to do the summer reading challenge but we were so busy we never got to the library *slaps wrist*

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  21. I've always done the reading challenges with my older two but I didn't with my 2 year old because the challenge is from age 4. But I take him to the library every week to select books, so I should have ignored the age thing. I will get him involved next year :) x

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  22. Well done. I'm definitely going to do this next year with mine :)

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  23. We love books and often visit the library - totally agree that it is never to early or late to start reading.

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  24. OOOh I love libraries so so so much.

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