A lot of attention and comment has been made about the amount of time that children spend on their mobile phones, tablets and electronic games nowadays.


As a youngster, then as a parent and now with my grandchildren reading has always been one of my favourite pastimes and trips to the local library were frequent and regular. So I was pleased to learn about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which is designed to get children both into their local libraries and reading. A challenge has been set that children should read six (or more) books that they have borrowed from their library this summer.


Entitled The Friendly Read the theme highlights the works of Roald Dahl, which seem ageless and appeal to all generations and anticipates The BFG movie hitting the screens in July. In addition to the joy of reading, there are stickers, certificates and other rewards up for grabs.


Vision is obviously pivotal to a child’s reading development and as regular sight tests at school no longer happen, a short appointment to have your child’s eyes checked can have a great benefit to their reading. Children under 16 are entitled to NHS help towards the cost of an sight test and any spectacles that may be found necessary – and the summer holidays is a great time as they don’t have to miss school for the appointment.


At David Bull Optometrists we will be also be offering rewards to children who attend for an appointment and who are taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge – so watch out for news in practice and on our website!