Today I signed Emmy up to the Summer reading challenge at our local library. I have always done this with the children I have looked after so was keen to start with Emmy.
What is it? It’s an event run by libraries throughout the UK, a fun way of keeping children reading throughout the holidays by making it fun. Each year for the last 13 years, the libraries choose a theme – this year is Circus Stars and provides free activities for the children to join in during the summer holidays.
It is for children aged from 4 – 11 years, however there really is no lower age limit – as it is a fun way of encouraging and engaging children of all ages to enjoy book, even if they can not talk about them they can point at pictures or learn animal noises.
Each year the reading challenge is very simple, children are encouraged to read 6 or more books throughout the holidays, they collect stickers related to the theme for every book they read and talk to the libriarian about and a certificate and medal is given to all who complete the challenge.
This challenge runs from 20th July – 3rd September 2011, and each child signing signing up to the Circus Stars Challenge is given a 3-D circus stage which they place their stickers onto, some of which are scratch and sniff ones! They are also given a hologram card for keeping track of how many books have been read.
Today we chose 2 board books to read this week – they are “Dinosaurs Love Underpants” by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort and “Guess How Much I Love You – in the Spring” by Sam McBratney. We will read these this week and talk about them when we go back to the library next week. By talk about them I mean Emmy will flick through the pages and point but this counts.