We have released our book collection titles for the 2015 Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge.
The Summer Reading Challenge in libraries is the UK's leading reading for pleasure programme for primary school aged children; it runs in 98% of local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland every summer and in 2014 returned to Northern Ireland. 2014 was a record year involving 839,622 children, with 81,908 children joining the library as new members. The 2015 Summer Reading Challenge is called Record Breakers, delivered in partnership with Guinness World Records: the global authority in record-breaking achievements and publishers of the annual Guinness World Record ™book. The Record Breakers theme brings together fact and fiction, challenging young readers to explore astonishing real-life achievements and world records.
This year's book collection of 71 titles, which reflect the Record Breakers theme and introduce new authors where possible, are selected by children's librarians, library suppliers and children from books submitted by a wide range of independent and corporate publishers including those from The Reading Agency's children's reading partners scheme.
The titles include the World Record edition of Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb's Paper Dolls, Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker by Joanna Nadin and 100 Speed Facts by Steve Parker for younger children; and James Patterson's and Chris Grabenstein's Kenny Wright Superhero, George's Secret Key to the Universe _by Lucy & Stephen Hawking and Steve Backshall's _Bizarre Beasts for older children.
Although children can read any library book towards their Challenge, the annual book collections provide a display focus and a chance to highlight new titles in the busiest time of the year for children's libraries. Based on the data supplied by 84% of participating authorities, it is estimated that there were more than 18,000,000 children's library issues in UK libraries during the 2014 Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge.
Getting children excited about books
The book collection offers value to publishers by unlocking significantly more sales of children's books via library suppliers including Bertram Library Services, Peter's Bookselling Services, John Treacy and Wexford Library Management Services, and Askews and Holts Library Services who sell the collections.
Publisher Frances Lincoln has six titles in the collection. Roy Johnson, UK sales and marketing manager for parent company Quarto Publishing Group, UK Children's Books, said:
We are naturally delighted to have so many books selected for this year's Summer Reading Challenge. We feel that the Challenge is one of the most direct ways to reach out to children through their libraries and get them talking about books and reading, and excited about books.
This year, there is also a collection of titles aimed purely at the 10,000 teens and young adults who are expected to support the Challenge at their local library as young volunteers through the Reading Agency's Reading Hack young people's offer. Not all the young people are necessarily bookworms, so the volunteering experience in libraries and a ready-made list of new titles recommended by their peers is bound to be popular for personal reading.
Free Summer Reading Challenge app
Following last year's successful app using augmented reality content alongside the Summer Reading Challenge, SOLUS UK Ltd will once again be sponsoring a free Summer Reading Challenge App to activate Record Breakers materials, but this year it will include an interface to The Reading Agency's Book Sorter, allowing children, families and schools mobile access to this rich crowd-sourced database (created by children, who add books they've enjoyed in useful categories) that others can use to find a good read.
Anne Sarrag, director of the Summer Reading Challenge, comments:
With so many library services using supplier selection to acquire their stock, the annual Summer Reading Challenge book selection meeting is a uniquie and reaffirming opportunity for reviewers, library professionals, and suppliers to come together to debate and enthuse about the merits of books put forward by publishers. Children are also on the panel through our Chatterbooks reading groups; they always take their role very seriously! We are extremely grateful to publishers for financially supporting the titles we select and making this possible.
Visit the Summer Reading Challenge website for activities and competitions all year round.
Find out more about 2015's Record Breakers theme.