Go wild for reading at your local library with the Wild World Heroes Summer Reading Challenge!

Go wild for reading at your local library with the Wild World Heroes Summer Reading Challenge!


Wiltshire Council Libraries are encouraging families to take part in this year’s wild-themed Summer Reading Challenge which aims to inspire children to read as much as they can.
The challenge encourages 4 to 11 year olds to read six or more library books (including eBooks) during the summer holidays and receive rewards along the way.
 
The simple and fun Summer Reading Challenge is produced annually by the Reading Agency and delivered by Wiltshire Council libraries. The challenge is the perfect summer activity to build young readers’ skills and confidence during the long break from school and will support reading catch-up after a difficult year.
 
This year, the Reading Agency has partnered with WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) to create ‘Wild World Heroes’, inspiring children to take action for nature and the environment as part of an exciting adventure in the fictional town of ‘Wilderville’. Through reading books, collecting rewards and learning all about the planet, participants will help the Heroes make Wilderville a greener place to live.
 
The free challenge will run from Saturday, 10 July until Saturday, 04 September. Packs of materials, including a map of Wilderville and stickers, can be picked up from libraries from 10 July, while stocks last. From Monday, 02 August, and once children have read their six library books, they can collect their gold medal and certificate from their local library.
 
Children can read whatever books they like for the challenge (they don’t have to be part of the theme), libraries have a huge range to choose from and staff can help families find suitable books if needed. Wiltshire Council’s eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines page also has an extensive list of e-reading materials.

Children will need a library card to take part in the challenge and to borrow books, for more information on joining the library and all Wiltshire library services visit: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/libraries.

If they prefer, children will also be able to take part in the challenge at www.wildworldheroes.org.uk, where they will also find games, competitions, book recommendations and much more to inspire them.

In addition to the Summer Reading Challenge, Wiltshire libraries will also be running the ‘Climate action footprint challenge’: a series of fun mini-challenges including recycling, keeping fit and saving energy. Participants who complete these challenges will be entered into a the prize draw, with a chance to win prizes kindly donated by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and Tesco.