This is the third year in a row that we have done the Summer Reading Challenge. I am really pleased to say that J has successfully completed this year’s challenge just as he did over the last two years. The difference this year was that he was reading most of the books independently. And that makes me one incredibly proud Mum.
In case you missed it, the Reading Challenge takes place over the summer holidays. Children are encouraged to read six books in order to complete the challenge. There are rewards along the way and a certificate and medal on completion. It is free to participate and you can enrol at your local library. I think it is a fantastic way for children to keep up with their reading through the long school break. Not only that, it is a great way to keep loving and enjoying books as you only read for the fun of it.
This year marks Roald Dahl’s birth centenary. So this year’s reading challenge was quite aptly called The Big Friendly Read after his book titled The BFG.
J has been read to since he was just a few weeks old. He has been making inroads into independent reading all through this last year, his Reception year at school. The challenge really spurred him on. He chose two books by Mick Inkpen, his favourite author to date. How can you not like Kipper, I love him too!
The challenge was the perfect opportunity to introduce him to the wonderful world of Roald Dahl. We started out with The Minpins. It is fascinating to see the written word grip a child’s imagination. J has been looking for Minpins in gardens and woodlands since reading the book. He pretends to be a Minpin wearing suction boots and walks sideways down slopes.
I believe in reading to children from an early age. Looking at the effect this has had on my son’s language and reading skills, I stand by my conviction. If you haven’t started yet, do it now. Read to your kids, read with your kids. And let them read to you. For “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” (Dr. Seuss)