Our first season of the Super Smash Reading Challenge wrapped up last week and we’re excited to share the results with you.
Congratulations to the readers of the Auckland Aces team, our winners! The Aces were closely followed by the Northern Knights, then the Wellington Firebirds in third place. You can see the top four teams in the leaderboard below.
Thank you to all our young readers, and the parents, teachers and librarians who supported them!
Thank you to NZ Cricket for playing with us.
Thanks too to Paper Plus for supplying prizes of book vouchers (gift cards) awarded each day as spot prizes.
Our readers registered more than 4,700 unique titles, and more than 1,700 unique authors.
At least 44 New Zealand children’s book authors were being read as part of this challenge.
There were also plenty of classics in there to keep older readers like us feeling nostalgic, such as:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The Lion the Witch & the Wardrobe
The top six authors read were:
Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants, Dogman, Ricky Ricotta)
Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)
J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter)
Cool things we noticed:
- A Wellington Blaze reader worked their way through 19 (!) of the Famous Five stories
- An Otago Sparks player read nine of the Sherlock Holmes stories
- 14 people read more than 100 books each
- Five readers read everything that Bob Cattell ever wrote about cricket… as well as Cricket with Kane Williamson. We had quite a few keen rugby biography readers also.
- The spelling of “Dav Pilkey” seemed to give the most trouble to readers (eight different variations).
- The book that most people were reading was Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. 80 people read this and every one of them rated it either a 4 or 5 (out of 5).
- 79% of people gave a 5 out of 5 to the books they were registering.
- Interesting adult authors who were being read include: Joyce Carol Oates, Paullina Simons, Terry Pratchett, Jodi Picoult, Malala Yousafzai, Lucy Hawking and Dick Francis.
Here are some of our favourite reviews:
- Dracular by Dram Stoker, “A man who is a friend of someone who is a friend with Count Dracula goes to Count Dracula`s castle and he finds out he is a vampire and his wife is almost killed by the vampire and in the end he kills Dracula. ” (Auckland Aces)
- Animal Farm by George Orwell, “Very Interesting because it was related to Stalin when he was the leader of Russia.” (Northern Knights)
- Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, “I didn't enjoy this book much. I just didn't like how everything was so unexplained and crazy. It was so unrealistic and terrifying to imagine what Alice was going through while in Wonderland. In my mind, it was quite simply Horrific.” (Northern Spirit)
Over the course of the competition, we had some great feedback from parents, teachers and librarians, and young readers themselves! Here are some of the comments:
Andrea said: Our son (7) went from refusing to read, to now having read well over 100 books in six weeks. We can't believe it! You're providing an awesome service.
Alex said: My parents are very proud of me for doing this challenge.
Emily said: Finding this has been amazing. (My son) hates reading and struggles a lot with it, so it's such a great thing you are doing.
Another parent wrote: I'm using this tool as an encouraging way to motivate my reluctant daughter to read and if she is now reading 2 to 3 picture books a night to me.
It's made my son so happy, he is reading his second book now, great website it really motivates kids to read!
Anna, mum of Bodie wrote:
Bodie definitely enjoyed the challenge. It was a great incentive to keep reading over summer and not just because of the possibility of prizes. He liked helping me log the books, taking some pictures and choosing what to comment and the star rating.
He looked at other people's logs and asked about some books other people had read.
It would have been so easy for him to slide into the holidays and take a total break from reading, which I did notice after the first week of holidays. I'm always reading books to my boys but it's so important for him to flex his brain muscle so to speak and continue to challenge himself with reading books.
I am so happy he wanted to take on this challenge and that he stuck with it.
I have lived a life full of books and my life has been greatly enriched by that. It is a gift I always wanted to pass on to my children. We will definitely participate again should the challenge return. Thank you.
The team at Read NZ thanks all parents and teachers who supported their children to take part, and sends a huge congratulations to all our young readers who together clocked up a huge amount of summer reading. We're inspired by you!
Stay in touch with us and look out for another reading challenge in the near future.