CHILDREN have enjoyed reading in weird and wonderful places as part of a literacy scheme at their school.
Crookhorn College in Waterlooville challenged its pupils to come up with innovative ways to enjoy books.
And they came up trumps.
Hannah Weaver was snapped reading on a log flume at Chessington while Millie Betts was captured reading underwater.
Millie, 11, who won a prize for her swimming pool stunt, said: ‘We kept having to dry the book on the radiator.
‘People were staring and asking me what I was doing.
‘They thought it was a bit strange, but funny.’
Thomas Jarrold, 11, was photographed inside a basketball ring.
His mum and dad helped him climb up a ladder to get into the basketball net so it looked as if he was dangling.
He said: ‘I was excited and surprised to win. Reading helps with everything.’
Crookhorn College launched its pic’n’mix’ literary scheme last term.
This sees children choose from six different reading activities to win bronze, silver and gold badges.
It all ties in with the aims of The News’ Read All About It campaign to improve literacy in schools across the area.
Log flume reader Hannah, 11, said: ‘Reading helps to extend your vocabulary and learn new things from the books you read.’
Anna Wood, librarian at the school, was impressed with the results of the extreme reading challenge.
She said: ‘Inspired by the children’s interest in the Olympics, I tried to think of ways to link sport and reading.
‘We are developing a culture of reading across the whole school.
‘Teachers are great role models and lead by example.
‘If they are reading at the same time as the students during tutor time, this sends a clear and positive message out that reading is at the forefront of learning.’
She added: ‘It’s doing really well. We are trying to create a whole ethos of fun around reading.
‘It’s an extra curricular activity at the end of the day and they are doing it by choice.’