Young bookworm Laurie’s 125 reasons for loving literature

6 year old Laurie Shaw read 125 books as part of his reading challenge set by Norfolk libraries his

6 year old Laurie Shaw read 125 books as part of his reading challenge set by Norfolk libraries his summer.Picture by: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

For many parents, persuading their child to read more books is the stuff of nightmares, but one Norfolk boy is so obsessed with reading, his mum struggles to get him into school in the morning.

Diss lIbrary celebrate their 50th anniversary and combine it with a medal ceremony for children who

Diss lIbrary celebrate their 50th anniversary and combine it with a medal ceremony for children who took part in a summer reading challengeLaurie Shaw read over 100 books to get his medal. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

Laurie Shaw, six, of The Heywood, Diss will read 'anything and everything,' his mother Shona, 38 said and this summer he completed a staggering 125 books as part of a summer reading challenge organised by Diss library.

Such is his passion for literature, he will even pick up more adult books in the toilet offering advice on how to talk to girls, which has resulted in his parents having to vet the material he has access to.

And he will often lay on his bed at night reading when he should be getting some shut eye, which led to Mrs Shaw leaving a book on his bed in the morning instead.

However, she said the outcome was that Laurie spent hours reading in the morning when he needed to be getting ready to head off to All Saints Primary School in Winfarthing.


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On one occasion, his mum waited for half an hour after school for him to come out, only to go in and find him sitting in a toilet reading.

Mrs Shaw added: 'Sometimes, I have to confiscate books so I can get him to do other stuff. When he reads, he can't hear you. I have to shout 'Laurie, Laurie, we are going to school,' but he can't hear you.'

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The youngster said his favourite books included the Famous Five by Enid Blyton and Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl, while Wolf and Dog by the Belgian author Sylvia Vanden Heede is another favourite.

He added: 'One day I started to look at a book and it made me want to read another one and that is how I started reading. I find books very exciting. I do have lots of books and I have my own special shelf where all my books are kept. Books for my birthday and books for Christmas.'

Laurie was one of 70 children to receive a medal after participating in the summer reading challenge for the library's 50th anniversary, where the youngsters received the prize if they read six books during the school holidays.

The library's manager Sue Renaut said: 'We are very proud of every child that took part in the summer reading challenge and it was what makes our job worthwhile and I hope that hearing about Laurie's achievement will inspire other children to carry on reading in this technological age.'

Does your child have a particular passion? Email dominic.bareham@archant.co.uk.

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