Bookworms return

As Disney prepares for the box office release of The BFG this summer, children are being urged to take up a Roald Dahl-themed reading challenge

Child reading in library

When I was younger, reading was one of my favourite pastimes, having spent my youth mobile, iPad and Kindle device-free.

As a teenager, horror series Goosebumps was my tale of choice, while in my tweens it was the world of Roald Dahl that I immersed myself in – from stories of giant peaches and chocolate factories to witches and fast-growing tortoises, I read – and enjoyed – them all. 

With my two siblings in their early teens now, it is unfortunate that reading rarely features on their list of weekend activities. Trips to the library are certainly much rarer than the regular fortnightly trips that my older siblings and I partook in.

Therefore, I was pleased to learn about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which is designed to get children both into their local libraries and reading. Entitled The Friendly Read, the theme highlights the literacy gems by my tween author of choice Roald Dahl, ahead of the much anticipated The BFG hitting movie screens this July.

The challenge set by The Reading Agency is simple – children should read six (or more) books that they have borrowed from their library this summer. Stickers, certificates and other rewards are all up for grabs.

Vision is, of course, pivotal to a children’s reading development. An a practice owner, anticipating a surge of children through library doors this summer, why not speak to your local library about how together you can help highlight the importance of regular sight tests for children?

On a final note, OT’s children-themed June edition will land through your letterboxes this weekend, containing an abundance of children’s vision-related features. From changes in the children’s eye health field to testing and dispensing tips from experts, it has it all.

Image credit: Flickr/San José Library