When I was at primary school, the MS Readathon was a much-anticipated event. You’d lock unsuspecting neighbours and grandparents into sponsoring you twenty cents per book read. And then you’d go forth and read eleventy million books – all short and quick ones, meanwhile racking up the funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Our hearts were in the right place, but I’m fairly certain that the MS Readathon did more for my maths than it did for my reading!
Although the MS Readathon is still running, most schools have moved over to the less competitive, more focused Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge. The rules for the challenge are far more sensible than back in my MS Readathon days – namely there’s an element of parent supervision and a focus on quality over quantity.
So, what to read? The Challenge directs kids to a reading list (quality) but also encourages kids to read broadly and find books that interest them. I’m quite partial to a list, particularly ones titled ‘50 books that every child should read by 16‘, so the challenge may be the perfect time to get the kids started on a reading bucket list.
If you haven’t already done so, it’s not too late to join the Premiers’ Reading Challenge (see Ruth in the library for more details, or ask your child’s teacher). And consider this – reading is a nice way to spend some down-time after you’ve been busting a gut over Active April!