Blue Peter Badge boys hit the Top 100
3 June 2012
Two Young Calibre members, Joshua (9) and Matthew (6) from Stirling are so happy with their Calibre books that they decided to write to the Prime Minister about it. The boys also wrote to 100 important people including Elmo, the Duchess of Cambridge, Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister and their favourite authors including J.K.Rowling. Click here to view their letter.
Mind you they do have an ulterior motive: they want to try and earn a Blue Peter badge! The famous Blue badges are awarded for a mixture of projects including sending interesting letters, emails, stories, pictures and poems.
They have been delighted to receive their first replies including hand written notes from ITV presenter Lorraine Kelly, BBC Scotland's Fred MacAulay and Children's Laureate, Julia Donaldson. They have also received encouraging letters from 10 Downing Street and St. James's Palace. The boys were particularly pleased when they were featured in their local paper, 'The Stirling Observer'.
Joshua loves his J.K. Rowling ‘ Harry Potter’ stories and classics such as Clive King’s Stig of the Dump ( Catalogue no. 15062) . Matthew enjoys Key Stage 1 books such as E.J. Taylor’s The Thorn Witch (16787).
Mum Sara says she noticed Joshua’s interest in books began to wane a couple of years ago but since receiving his audio books he has come on leaps and bounds, particularly his vocabulary. Matthew used to come home and tell his parents about what everyone else was doing but now he can chat to his friends about the books he reads. He was inspired by a comment from another Young Calibre member who said he had become the best read child in his class. She adds they are very excited about all the replies to their letters.
Michael Lewington, Director of Calibre Audio Library says: “ It’s great that the boys are really enjoying our books and want to tell people about how reading through audio makes a real difference to people’s lives. I wish Matthew and Joshua the very best of luck and I’ll be devasted if they don’t get a Blue Peter Badge after all their hard work!"
Good luck Joshua and Matthew !!
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