Double celebration as brother and sister achieve Book Track gold at Ottery Library

Bugs and a greedy dog helped two youngsters achieve their Book Track award at Ottery St Mary Library.

Brother and sister Rex Walker, aged seven, and six-year-old Mitzi Walker, are celebrating finishing the challenge to each read 100 books, which took the children around eight months to complete.

Staff at Ottery St Mary Library, in Silver Street, said they were ‘looking forward’ to presenting the youngsters with their gold 100 badge.

A spokeswoman for the library said: “They started this challenge in October 2019 and have done amazingly well to finish it in under eight months.

“On completing Book Track the first thing Mitzi asked was whether she could do it again as she really loved it.

“Rex and Mitzi’s mum says that Rex’s reading has improved immensely through Book Track. He especially enjoys books about animals and learning new facts, and Mitzi loves reading to herself, others, her teddies, and her cats.”

She added: “We would like to say a special thank you to Wildwood Escot who gift a family day pass to every child who completes Book Track with us at Ottery Library and they are continuing to do this, despite the difficult times.”

Library staff said Mitzi’s reading skills progressed ‘a lot’ during the challenge, starting Book Track with a beginner reader story, The Greedy Dog by Alex Frith. Her 100th book was Life Cycles by Sian Smith, which she had been learning about while being home-schooled during the coronavirus lockdown.

Rex started his Book Track with a non-fiction book, Bugs, enjoyed some fictional stories, and ended his 100-read challenge with another non-fiction book What Grows Up In The Snow by Theresa Longnecker.

After finishing each book, the children discuss what they have read with library staff.

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