Both in our second year of volunteering for the summer reading challenge, we knew that this year would be just as exciting as last year because of the fact that this year we were marking 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl, who is known as the world’s number one storyteller!
Here at Yiewsley Library, both of us feel very welcome by members of staff who have helped us become really involved with the Summer Reading Challenge by familiarising us with the prizes for each visit and allowing us to participate in the wide range of events taking place over the course of the summer.
We feel that The Big Friendly Read encourages young children to do something interesting over the summer holidays and also prepares them for when they go back to school. Reading is an amazing way to allow people of all ages to let their imagination run wild, whether you’re reading a gloriumptious book such as The BFG or a page-turner like Harry Potter!
So far we’ve relished running the mini challenges and seeing the sheer delight on children’s faces as they are so eager to take part and perhaps see whether they can gain the best time, specifically in Charlie’s Rolling Gobstopper Challenge; our favourite mini challenge of the summer.
We would strongly encourage children to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge if they haven’t signed up already, it’s an excellent way to explore all genres of books and there’s no harm in some competitiveness between siblings and friends!
By Britney Lawrence and Amy Krishnarajah (SRC Volunteers)