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Summer reading challenge 2021

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The Summer Reading Challenge from the Reading Agency takes place every year during the summer holidays. Children read 6 or more library books of their choice and receive incentives along the way to encourage them. There's a certificate for everyone who finishes the challenge.

This year the Summer Reading Challenge theme is 'Wild World Heroes'. 

The Reading Agency has teamed up with WWF to inspire children to explore ways of helping to save the planet.

With ideas from WWF, the challenge focuses on taking action for nature and tackling real-world environmental issues, from plastic pollution and deforestation to wildlife decline and nature loss.

Through taking part in the challenge, with free packs from public libraries or online, children will be able to join 6 fictional characters - 'wild heroes' - to help solve some of these threats, learning about the importance of the environment while helping to restore nature levels in the neighbourhood of 'Wilderville'.

The challenge is:

  • inclusive of all primary school aged children and all stages of reading development
  • free to take part - simply visit your local library during the holidays to sign up, and children will receive fun materials to get them started

Reading lists

Why not try some of these books during the challenge?


Some of the benefits of taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge include:

  • encouraging children to read throughout the summer holidays
  • developing a lifelong love of reading for pleasure
  • encouraging children to read a variety of genres
  • encouraging the whole family to use resources in the library
  • helps make sure that literacy levels do not drop over the summer
  • most importantly- it's fun!

Parents and guardians can find out more on the Summer Reading Challenge website.


Illustrations © Heath McKenzie 2021.

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Bracknell Forest Libraries

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