Summer Reading Challenge aims for world record

Summer Reading Challenge aims for world record

The Reading Agency is hoping to set a new record for "most pledges received for a reading campaign" for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which launches tomorrow (11th July).

The agency has teamed up with Guinness World Records for the challenge and, starting from this weekend, libraries will collect children’s "pledges" to read as many books as possible this summer.

To take part in this year’s challenge, children must sign up at the library and receive a special poster. As they borrow and read at least six library books over the summer, they will collect stickers to complete their poster and discover facts about record breakers along the way.

Sue Wilkinson, c.e.o. of The Reading Agency, said: “At The Reading Agency we believe that everything changes when we read... This year, the Record Breakers-themed Challenge is all about achieving your personal best, so we want as many people as possible to join us and pledge to use their local librarythis summer.”

Several libraries are holding events to mark the launch of the challenge and Chris Riddell, the new children’s laureate, is opening the ‘Brighton Rocks Books’ event in the Jubilee Library in Brighton, while in London, Canada Water Library is hosting an event for hundreds of school children with Guinness World Records adjudicators.

The Summer Reading Challenge, aimed at 4-11 year olds is now in its 17th year.  

Children taking part can record their progress online using the website recordbreakers.org.uk, and get help on what to read next, via the digital Book Sorter tool There’s also a free downloadable app, designed by SOLUS UK, which provides free illustrations and games.

Last year, 839,622 children took part in the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge, a 3.6% increase compared to 2013. Some 3,519 libraries and 251 mobile libraries took part and, based on the figures supplied from 84% of participating authorities, The Reading Agency estimates children borrowed over 18m books during the summer.