Summer Reading Challenge winners

Writer and publisher Keith Charters with Summer Reading Challenge runners-up Caitlin Metcalfe and Freya Keith and winner  Lauren Thomson
Writer and publisher Keith Charters with Summer Reading Challenge runners-up Caitlin Metcalfe and Freya Keith and winner Lauren Thomson

The winners of a children’s writing and drawing competition received their prizes at an awards ceremony held in Kemnay Academy on Saturday, October 31.

The annual Summer Reading Challenge is organised by Council library staff and is sponsored by Total E&P UK.

This year 7,235 children from across Aberdeenshire participated, between them reading a total of 32,028 books since June.

This year’s theme was record breakers and encouraged children to explore the achievements in the Guinness World Records Books.

In the challenge, children aged six or under drew a picture related to the first lines of a story by Cathy MacPhail, while those aged 7 and over were asked to finish the story.

Lauren Thomson, 13, who submitted her entry at Ellon Library, was named as the winner with her ghost story.

The two runners-up were Freya Keith, six, (Ellon branch) and Caitlin Metcalfe, 10, (Newmachar branch).

Writer and publisher Keith Charters spoke at the ceremony about what inspired him to read.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Councillor Alison Evison, said: “Every year children of all ages enjoy taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge which continues to go from strength to strength.

“I hope it has inspired them to go on to do great things themselves.”

Sandra McLennan, of Total E&P UK, said: “This year’s record-breaking theme has again attracted high numbers and on behalf of TEP UK we congratulate all the young readers who have risen to the challenge.”

Over 400,000 books have now been read as part of the challenge since it was launched in 2000.