“Mythical Maze” – that’s the theme for this years reading challenge at the British Library.
What is a reading challenge all about? What does it achieve?
Here’s a bit about it.
Children are divided into two age brackets – 5-7 and 8-13. Each age bracket has a select list of books that fit under the theme “Mythical Maze”. These books are carefully selected, and are especially useful to parents who want to know what their children ‘ought’ to read. The main advantage here is that a whole group of children is reading the same books, a kind of temporary book club. This means that they have things in common to talk about and discuss – and the arena for this is the workshops conducted at the library. More than anything, the reading challenge achieves two things:
1) Getting over starting trouble: what to read, where to begin
2) Meeting children with common interests: Many children (and adults) are always itching to talk about books that took their breath away. The reading challenge lets children meet and discuss books to their hearts’ content.
Here is the entire list, and here is what I have read so far: