A new world record could soon be on its way to Doncaster!
A total of 481 children from 20 schools throughout the Doncaster
area read a sentence each from a book at the eighth annual
Doncaster Book Award event at the week-end, beating the previous
reading relay world record of 417.
Librarian Carol Wootton, Book Award secretary, said: "The
children were so excited about being involved in a world record and
film of the achievement will now be sent to the Guinness Book of
Records for ratification. Hopefully, everything will be in order
and we can claim the record for Doncaster."
The Book Award event was set up to encourage a love of reading
and every year children vote for their favourite book. The reading
relay was taken from last year's winner, The Thornthwaite
Inheritance, by Gareth P. Jones who spoke at the Book Award event
held at Doncaster Rovers' Keepmoat Stadium.
This year's favourite book was Billionaire Boy by comedian,
writer and actor David Walliams who sent a message to the event to
say how thrilled he was that Doncaster's schoolchildren had voted
his book into the top spot.
The full day's programme, which started with a colourful parade
featuring all 20 schools, included track and field athletic events
with a literary theme and also an authors' spot where Gareth P.
Jones and two other writers Philip Ardagh and Tanya Landman
discussed their work and signed books.
The event also had the support of Doncaster Rovers Community
Carol added: "The day was a fantastic success and it was a real
thrill to see so many children so passionate about books and
reading and having lots of fun at the same time."