Book reading challenge ‘furlough’ for Budleigh boy, seven, after pandemic stops library visits

Avid reader Samuel Crompton, aged seven, from Budleigh Salterton, went on book reading challenge ‘furlough’ when the Covid-19 pandemic stopped youngsters going to the library to discuss their favourite authors.

The youngster is one of a trio of children celebrating achieving their Book Track Award, after each reading 100 books and discussing what they have read with Budleigh library staff.

Budleigh Salterton mayor Councillor Roger Sherriff presented certificates, gold badges, and a gift to seven-year-old Samuel, Daniel Gracie, aged 11, and his sister, Katy Gracie, aged 10, who all recently completed the reading challenge through the town’s library.

Samuel took a break from the challenge when the pandemic meant face-to-face meets had to stop, and book discussions carried on over email.

Katy’s books included stories by her favourite author, Emma Carroll, who she had met at Waterstones in Exeter; Daniel enjoyed the Cherub series by Robert Muchamore.

Samuel finished the award with a ‘long run of books’, reading the ‘great fun’ Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton.

Jane Cordy, library supervisor, said: “They have all read 100 books to reach this wonderful achievement.

“As well as reading all the books they have also discussed them with staff at the library.

“Samuel began Book Track before Covid and, unlike some of our Book Trackers – who sent in their reports via email – wanted to wait until he was able to talk about his books in person, at the library, so had a bit of a Book Track ‘furlough’ until face-to-face chats were possible again.”

Samuel Crompton, pictured here with from Budleigh Salterton mayor Cllr Roger Sherriff, went on Book Track furlough when the Covid-19 pandemic stopped youngsters going to the library to discuss their favourite authors. Photo: Budleigh library.

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Daniel Gracie, aged 11, and his sister, Katy Gracie, aged 10.
Photo: Budleigh library.

Book Track is soon to be replaced by a fresh children’s challenge called The Secret Book Quest, to encourage youngsters aged five years and over to read and visit their local library.

The new project challenges children to read 50 books while completing a series of puzzles and activities.

Jane said: “After running for many years in libraries across Devon, Book Track is being phased out and has been replaced with a new children’s reading scheme called The Secret Book Quest.

“This is an exciting new challenge designed to get children aged five-plus into reading and visiting their local library.

“Each child taking part gets a booklet full of puzzles, fun facts and activities, and has ten ‘zones’ for children to travel through as they read and enjoy their books.

“To complete the quest, and win a prize, they must read 50 books and collect the all-important code stickers along the way.

“Drop into your local library if you would like to join up.”

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