Little bookworms break record by reading almost 50,000 books across the summer

Mayor of South Tyneside Richard Porthouse
Mayor of South Tyneside Richard Porthouse

Young bookworms who set a personal best in this year’s Record Breakers summer reading challenge have been rewarded for their efforts.

Youngsters were treated to prizes and a trip to the cinema and also got to meet the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Councillor Richard Porthouse and his wife Patricia.

South Tyneside Libraries this year brought together the world of fact and fiction as young readers explored some of the astonishing real-life achievements and world records featured in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Collecting stickers as they went, youngsters discovered weird, wonderful and wacky records from around the world in six different categories: Cool Tech, Way to Go! the Big Stuff, Animal Magic, Human Touch and Action! Adventure!

More than 2,100 young people took part in the challenge and almost 50,000 books were read.

Coun said: “Reading is such as rewarding pastime so I’m delighted that so many of our youngsters took advantage of this scheme.

“It was lovely to see the children’s enthusiasm for the challenge rewarded in this way.”

The event at Cineworld in Boldon was sponsored for the third year running by the Barbour Foundation.