Young readers challenged to book world record attempt

Summer pledge.
Summer pledge.

Youngsters have been queuing up at libraries to take part in a massive summer book challenge and help set a new world record.

East Dunbartonshire Libraries are supporting a campaign run by charity The Reading Agency to encourage all primary school children to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge - the UK’s largest reading for pleasure promotion.

Hundreds of children, teenagers and adults made a pledge recently to use their library over the summer and help set a world record, with members of the community acting as impartial lead witnesses to oversee the attempt.

Last year 810,000 children across the UK got involved and this year it’s hoped that 100,000 people will amass the record for the ‘most pledges received for a reading campaign’.

Children who have signed up have been given a special poster on which to display the stickers they will collect when borrowing and reading library books throughout the summer. Whilst completing the poster the children will discover fascinating facts about record breakers as they go.

Those who have signed up can also use the special website to create a profile, chat about books and get help on what to read next. There is also a free downloadable App which recognises key record breakers illustrations, videos and games.