Children’s Book Week the prelude to a record-breaking summer!
The county’s libraries are extending a special welcome to younger readers this week to celebrate the joy of reading.
National Children’s Book Week, which runs from Monday 6 to Sunday 12 July is the ideal opportunity for libraries, schools, children and their parents to celebrate books and reading for pleasure.
Saturday 11 July sees the start of the popular Summer Reading Challenge scheme in local libraries, where children aged 4 to 11 sign up to read 6 books of their choice and embark upon a fun journey of activities and exploration during their school holidays.
The theme for 2015 is “Record Breakers” and Staffordshire residents have the chance to become part of a new Guinness World Record by making a pledge related to reading at special venues across the county this weekend.
Staffordshire County Councillor Ben Adams, the cabinet member responsible for libraries, said: “It’s really important that we help children to see reading as pleasurable and fun.
“And with this year’s Children’s Book Week coinciding with the start of the annual Summer Reading Challenge in libraries, now is the perfect time to get youngsters excited about exploring the children’s book shelves for themselves, widening their reading experiences and helping them to keep up their reading levels over the summer holidays.”
Children’s authors regularly feature in the top ten loaned in libraries. According to the British Library’s Public Lending Right figures, Daisy Meadows, Julia Donaldson, Francesca Simon, Adam Blade and Jacqueline Wilson occupied 5 of only 7 ‘millionaire’ slots, i.e. authors notching up over a million library loans, nationally, in 2013/14.
For more information on the Summer Reading Challenge world record attempt and activities, please visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/libraries