Little Axe first grader speeds through books, wins state award

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LITTLE AXE, Okla. - Braeden Brasfield reads everywhere he goes.

“Like bedtime or on the bus or there's so many times I read. I can't remember all of it," he said.

"It's quiet. It's nice," said Sandy Brasfield, Braeden's mother. "There are days when we read two or three books a day."

In one school year, Braeden read 25,750 minutes; that is the equivalent to 429 hours, or 18 days.

It’s quite the accomplishment for a child just learning to read.

"There are so many books I like to read, so I can't remember all of them," Braeden said.

Braeden has read more minutes than any other first grader in the entire state through the Thunder Reading Challenge.

On Wednesday, Braeden received an autographed Thunder basketball and plaque for his accomplishment.

"I was like, 'That is so weird,' and I almost passed out," Braeden said about receiving his award.

Organizers say more than 40,000 kindergarten through third grade students participated in the reading challenge this year, which is almost a 100 percent increase since last year.

"This year, the students in Oklahoma read 29 million minutes, which roughly translates into 683,000 hours of reading, so it's huge," Debbie Williams, community outreach for the OKC Thunder, said.

"I am so proud of everything he's done," Brasfield said.

However, Braeden says he is not stopping anytime soon and has even bigger plans for next year.

"Like 90,990 minutes," Braeden said.

It may seem like a far reach, but his mother doesn't doubt he'll do it.

"Whatever he sets his mind on, he's going to do it. If he says he's going to read almost 100,000 minutes, he's going to read 100,000 minutes just because he said he will," Sandy said.

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