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Summer Reading Challenge

Date: 27 July 2021
Author: Cllr John Coombs
Title: Spokesperson for Arts

This year's Summer Reading Challenge for 4 to 11 year olds could not be more timely following the recent introduction of our new grass cutting regime in our parks and grass verges. In beginning to create bug friendly habitats in our public realm the support and understanding of young families is essential for the long-term success of this project. 

Presented by The Reading Agency, via our libraries, this year's challenge is called 'Wild World Heroes' and aims to be a celebration of nature and action for the environment. They are joined as a partner by World Wildlife Fund UK helping to inspire young readers to stand up for the planet.

It could not be easier for your children to take part, as long as they have a library card.  All they have to do is sign up at their local library counter and let staff know which school they will be attending in September.

Each time they return their book they will get a new sticker for their 'Wild World Heroes' wallet and for any child who reads six books by 18th September they will get a medal.

To add to the fun there is a digital platform at Here children can create their own profile; play games; get rewards and discover new books to read (There is also a zone for grown-ups to get useful tips). When I last looked nearly 1.5 million books have been read nationally so I am sure this figure will be much higher by the middle of September.

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Updated: 19 October 2021