Reading bug sweeps the county

Leading participants of Buster’s Book Club and key supporters announce the record reading figure for 2017 at Leeds Castle, Maidstone.


Families across Kent and Medway have succumbed to a reading bug and notched up a record number of minutes spent curled up with a good read thanks to Buster’s Book Club.

According to the KM Charity Team, who devised and supply the scheme for schools in Kent, Medway and Bexley, participating youngsters have spent more than 7.5 million minutes reading at home this academic year.

A select group of schools and supporters including Medway Council, Volker Highways, Orbit, Kent Reliance and Three R’s Teacher Recruitment joined in the celebrations during a big reveal staged at Leeds Castle, Maidstone.

Craig Atkins from Orbit said: “We’re here to celebrate the Buster’s Book Club campaign which is all about encouraging children and their parents to get together, sit down and read a book.”

The scheme aims to involve parents and guardians and uses incentives and competitions to keep young readers focused on their goal. Prizes up for grabs include tickets to leading leisure attractions, book vouchers, and school visits by celebrity storytellers.

Simon Dolby of the KM Charity Team said: “This year the children have done phenomenally well, smashing their target of one million minutes and becoming official members of our Reading Millionaires’ Club.”

Organisations championing the literacy initiative include Kent County Council, Bel UK, Kent Libraries, Golding Vision (part of Golding Homes), Kent Reliance, Specsavers, and Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity.

Schools can register for the scheme by visiting or contacting Charli Elvy at

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