THE Tweed Reads project has been in all nine local Tweeddale primary schools over the past fortnight to lead sessions with P5 pupils on the importance of reading.

The garden-themed sessions were led by Peebles High School pupils and focused on the benefits of reading – the more you read the more your 'reading garden' (or brain) grows and develops.

Each pupil was given a 'seed packet' at the end of the session with benefits, hints and tips for getting started. They also had a Tweed Reads badge and a bulb to plant in their class Reading Garden (a special Tweed Reads plant pot). It is hoped that by springtime, the pupils' Reading Gardens will have grown as will their reading habits.

To help kickstart this healthy reading habit, Tweed Reads are running a Readathon from Tuesday, October 22 to November 4.

The challenge is to read for 20 minutes a day every day for 14 days. Young people will log whether they managed to do this or not, and will record how they felt about doing their reading in their Tweed Reads Reading Diaries. By doing this, and by talking about what they're reading and how they found it, Tweed Reads hopes that young people in Tweeddale will read, share and grow.

Young people, their parents, carers, friends and family are encouraged to get in touch to share what they are reading on social media via Twitter @tweedreads, Facebook @tweedreadscommunity or Instagram @tweedreads. They could even feature in the Peeblesshire News column (see left) – just email