Rhona sets reading target

Six-year-old Rhona Brown who read over 180 books as part of the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge
Six-year-old Rhona Brown who read over 180 books as part of the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge
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Rhona Brown took on the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland this year – and roundly smashed it.

The six-year-old, from South Queensferry, was at the library for a special photo-call after it was revealed she had read over 180 books as part of the reading scheme.

Rhona, who is in primary two at South Queensferry Primary School, has fully embraced this year’s challenge and in doing so has now earned the equivalent of 30 medals over the six week period.

Children receive a medal after completing six books.

As well as a medal, children who complete the challenge also receive smelly stickers, which Rhona loved, as well as certificates.

And she had such a great time reading this summer she is going to carry on with the challenge!

Rhona said:“I loved the challenge and I’m going to keep doing them all!”

Some of Rhona’s favourite books included My Brother by Anthony Browne, Doctor Tilly by Polly Dunbar and Tiger Ways by Kes Gray.

And she was gifted special signed copies of a selection of books by Anthony Browne, donated by Walker Books.

Rhona’s proud parents Laurie and Carol said:“It’s been great to see Rhona embrace this challenge and watch her reading skills develop.

“We are both very proud indeed of her achievements.

“However, as she enjoys reading so much, it wasn’t too difficult to tempt her.”

Run by The Reading Agency, in partnership with Scotland’s libraries and Tesco Bank, the challenge involves children reading six books during the summer holidays, a time when literacy skills can dip.

Adele Mills, community investment manager at Tesco Bank, said: “It is always great to hear how enthusiastic the children are and how much fun they have in completing it.

“The challenge aims to inject fun into reading during the summer holidays and encourage children to pick up a book.

“Rhona is a wonderful example of how successful the programme can be. She’s set the target for the other 40,000 children who take part.”

Tesco Bank has been working in partnership with Scotland’s libraries and The Reading Agency for four years; it encourages 40,000 children each year to take part.