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Summer Reading Challenge Fun Facts

Aberdeenshire Libraries' Summer Reading Challenge is an annual activity which aims to promote reading, encourage progression, support curricular outcomes and involve children in a cultural activity. With well over 4,000 children of all ages signed up to complete this year's challenge, we thought we would look back on previous Summer Reading Challenges and share some fun facts with you!

Did you know?

  • If you read just one book a day to your child, they will have read 1825 books by their 5th birthday.
  • An average children's book is 1cm thick. If all the books that were read by the children taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge each year were piled up they would reach a height of almost 310m. This is as high as "The Shard" in London, the tallest building in the UK.
  • In 2016, the number of books read during the Summer Reading Challenge equated to 4 miles of books which is the equivalent of 1 and a bit Bennachie’s!!
  • A black Rhinoceros weighs 1,400 kgs so this means that the number of books read during the Challenge in 2017 equates to 6 Rhinoceroses!!
  • Over 61,000 books were read by Children taking part in the Aberdeenshire Summer Reading Challenge during 2017-2018
Have you completed the challenge?

Children will receive a prize for reading six or more books and at the end of the event each of our branches will carefully select a 'Star Reader' who they feel have progressed well throughout the challenge. Star Readers are invited along to the prize giving event in September where one lucky winner will be awarded the Aberdeenshire Star Reader prize of a £100 book gift card and a years supply of Mackie's Ice Cream, which has been kindly donated by Mackie's of Scotland.

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