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Be a Wild World Hero

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The Summer Reading Challenge returns to borough libraries this summer.

This year’s theme is “Wild World Heroes” and encourages children aged 4 to 11 to stand up for the planet.


For the challenge, run by the Reading Agency, children read six books over the summer and collect stickers for their wallet along with other incentives along the way. When they complete the challenge they receive a certificate and medal. Children can read any book they like from picture books to stories or reference books on ways to care for the environment and our wildlife. The choice is amazing and it’s all about having fun with reading.


There are takeaway crafts available and, as soon as restrictions lift, there will be activities in libraries for children to join in with. Many libraries will be having special events on Launch Day Saturday 10 July and families can pop along and enjoy the fun.


All borough libraries are open 10am - 4pm, Monday to Saturday, apart from Netherton which is closed on Saturdays

Cllr Laura Taylor

Councillor Laura Taylor, cabinet member responsible for libraries, said:

The Summer Reading Challenge is a fun way to get motivated and learn something new, simply by getting stuck into a good book. With this year’s Wild Heroes theme youngsters of all ages can find out more about animals, nature and the world we live in.
All of our libraries are open again now for browsing and the staff are so keen to welcome users back, children and families in particular.

The Summer Reading Challenge, delivered in partnership with public libraries, encourages reading for pleasure for children aged 4 to 11 over the summer holidays.


Teaming up with WWF for 2021, this year’s theme is Wild World Heroes which inspires children to explore ways of helping to save the planet. The annual Challenge reaches over 700,000 children across the UK each year.

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