The Gruffalo author draws fans to library

Author Julia Donaldson visits Steyning Library
Author Julia Donaldson visits Steyning Library

CHILDREN’S author Julia Donaldson lent her support to a summer reading challenge.

A previous children’s laureate, the author of the bestselling The Gruffalo book visited Steyning Library on July 11 as part of the launch of the Record Breakers scheme.

It aims to encourage families and children to visit their local library to borrow books, with more than 1,000 children turning up on the first day to libraries across the UK.

Julia posed for photographs with children and families and signed copies of her book, and the library saw a four-fold increase in visitors on the day she visited.

The free scheme encourages families to visit their library to borrow books and children to collect stickers and other rewards for the books they read.

This year’s challenge was accompanied by an official Guinness World Record attempt to set a new record for the most pledges received for a reading campaign.

Libraries across the UK invited children, parents and library volunteers to pledge their support over the launch weekend.

The results of the record attempt won’t be revealed until all pledges have been verified nationally, with libraries expecting more than 13,000 children to register for the scheme run across the summer holidays.

Children can join at any point in the summer and have until Saturday 12 September to read six books and earn a medal.

For more information on the scheme, or to find out how to become a volunteer, visit the website and search ‘Summer Reading Challenge’ at