Newcastle Libraries - Summer Reading Challenge 2021

Wild World Heroes, Summer Reading Challenge 2021

What is the Summer Reading Challenge?
National charity The Reading Agency is working with Newcastle Libraries and other library authority partners across the UK to  deliver of this year's Summer Reading Challenge.
The annual reading for pleasure programme delivered in partnership with public libraries reaches over 700,000 children across the UK each year, keeping them reading through the summer with incentives and fun activities.
This year’s Wild World Heroes themed Challenge in partnership with WWF will launch in Newcastle on the 17th July! 
The Summer Reading Challenge encourages reading for pleasure for children aged 4 to 11 over the summer holidays. 
'Our libraries will be open to everyone and we will encourage all families, including those from deprived backgrounds, to visit a library and enter the wonderful world of books. Reading accelerates language development and will help young people realise their potential in the classroom.'
How does the Challenge work?

World Wild Heroes library cards and Challenge collectors packs will be delivered to school, before the summer holiday. Children will have a special registration number/card to help track and record what they have read. Children can read whatever they like in their chosen format - fiction, fact books, poetry, joke books, picture books, graphic novels, audio books and eBooks can all be used to complete the Challenge.

Children receive special rewards each time they finish a book and there's a certificate for everyone who completes the Challenge.


This year's theme - 'Wild World Heroes' - will 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 six 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 Summer Reading Challenge is open to all primary school aged children and is designed for all reading abilities. Children can sign up for free at a participating library during the summer holidays.

Throughout the Challenge, library staff and volunteers support children, helping them to explore a wide range of different types of books and enjoy a range of creative activities and events.

Watch the videos below to find out more about the fantastic challenge!
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If you would like to read more about the challenge and how to get involved, or simply find out about Newcastle Libraries and what amazing things they have planned for the summer - follow the links below!