Bookworms set winning standard for challenge

Summer reading challenge, the Grange School.'Pictured is Librarian Anne Chamberlain with Holly Davies ( 6 ), Charlie Andrews ( 6 ), Callum Barton ( 10 ) & Isabella Hannay ( 9 )
Summer reading challenge, the Grange School.'Pictured is Librarian Anne Chamberlain with Holly Davies ( 6 ), Charlie Andrews ( 6 ), Callum Barton ( 10 ) & Isabella Hannay ( 9 )

The Grange School was presented with an award on Friday (October 12) for having the largest number of pupils complete the Library Service’s summer reading challenge.

Every year over the school summer holiday county libraries run a scheme to encourage children to read a certain number of books.

The school’s English subject leader, Caroline Colledge, said: “People from Daventry Library come into the school before the summer holidays and they do an assembly all about the reading challenge.

“We really like the children to take part in it so they keep their reading skills ticking over, and not sliding back.

“Apparently our school had the most children in Daventry who completed the challenge and got their medal at the end.

“But really the most important thing for us is to encourage children to read for pleasure.

“We want to inspire them to want to pick up a book to read.

“That’s why the summer reading challenge is so good, and why we have regular competitions and awards for reading in school as well.

“Last week it was children’s book week, so we had the book fair in school. That allows 
children to see other books and for parents to buy them.

“We also ran a competition for the children where they had to name their favourite hero from literature and explain why.

“We had a few Harry Potters, of course, and a couple of children put Spiderman as well. The best ones won prizes, which were books.”