Jamie’s tractor caption takes top prize

Jamie took inspiration from a seat on his dad's tractor.
Jamie took inspiration from a seat on his dad's tractor.

Reading, Doric and Aberdeenshire were all celebrated this weekend as the prizes for a hugely popular annual reading challenge were announced.

Local author and Doric extraordinaire Debbie Leslie led the prizegiving for the Summer Reading Challenge, run by Aberdeenshire Council’s Library Service and sponsored by Total E&P UK, at Ellon Academy Community Campus on Saturday, October 29.

The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge was ‘Your Place, Your Space…Just Read’ and focused on people’s favourite places to read in Aberdeenshire.

Alongside the reading challenge, which involved each child receiving a themed card to keep track of the number of books they read, there was also a photography competition for children to enter.

Entrants were asked to write a Doric caption to accompany their photos.

Six-year- old Jamie, who attends New Pitsligo Library, was the winner of the photography competition

He submitted a photo of him sitting reading in his father’s tractor which had the caption ‘Weel I hope ma favourite book “Tractor Trouble” disna gee ma fither’s tractor ony daft ideas’

Nine-years- old Morgan was a runner-up for the picture of himself reading at ‘the fit o’ Bennachie’ which he says is ‘a braw place ti learn a’ aboot bugs an’ beasties’.

Two-year- old Isla was also a runner-up for the photograph of herself reading beloved children’s book The Gruffalo on a bench with the caption ‘A quine took a stroll ben the deep, dark wid. The quine saw a book and the book luiked guid’.

In comparison to last year there has been a 41 percent increase in the number of books read as part of the challenge, which this year reached 45,396 with 7,566 participants completing the challenge.