The Nelson Family
"We had gone to the first of this summer’s theme days at our library, when there was a lady there explaining to people that there was also a Challenge for adults to do – the Six Book Challenge. She asked me if I would be interested in doing it; at first I thought there’d be no way I’d be able to do it, because I don’t have a lot of free time, but she explained that you could read three adults’ books and three children’s books to complete it.
I always read every night to the girls, so I thought I’d give it a go. I was pleased when I completed the Six Book Challenge and got my certificate; we took it to show my parents along with the certificates the girls got for finishing the Summer Reading Challenge – that made my mum and dad laugh!
But I do think it is good for the girls to see me reading, especially Megan who is older. She was interested in what I was reading; she would come up and say “Let’s have a look at your book” and she even chose a book for me to read – I like giraffes and she chose one with a giraffe on the cover.
Having the family doing reading challenges all helps – I think it is very important for the kids’ education that they read. It is the one thing that everyone needs to be good at: if you can’t read, you can’t do anything.
The Six Book Challenge has helped me to get back into reading for myself. It doesn’t have to take long – you can set aside ten minutes to read and build it up, but then you’ll surprise yourself; the ten minutes will have gone by but you’ll find you want to know what happens next in the book! Quite often my husband will call up to me and say “What are you doing?”: I’ll be reading and I’ll want to find out what happens next, and time just disappears".