What a fabulous idea. Cressida Cowell, author of the How to Train Your Dragon series of books, has launched the Christmas mini-challenge to get young children reading. An offshoot of The Reading Agency's Summer Challenge, the Christmas version calls on children to take out and read three books from the library between today, 12 December and 6 January, and log their progress on the challenge website.
As someone who practically lived in the library from a very young age, I can only say: Bravo! Three books is child's stuff though - a proper bookworm will regard that as merely a taster.
As Cressida Cowell puts it: “The Christmas holidays are a brilliant time to read loads of books. The weather is cold, so you can snuggle up in bed and read as many books as you like.”
That's the whole point of Christmas, if you ask me.
Well, that and wine. Probably not for children though. Let them delight in books, and the wine will come later.
The Summer Challenge has been quite the success. This year 839,622 children took part - a 3.6% increase on 2013. The Reading Agency estimated children borrowed over 18 million books over the summer.