This year's Summer Reading Challenge theme is 'Wild World Heroes'. To deliver it The Reading Agency has teamed up with WWF to encourage children across the country to engage in fun reading activity focused on environmental issues.
The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to set themselves a reading challenge to help prevent the summer reading 'dip'. Each year the Challenge, delivered with the support of public libraries, motivates over 700,000 children to keep reading to build their skills and conﬁdence.
This year's theme 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 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 will launch on the 19th June in Northern Ireland and Scotland and 10th July in England and Wales. Children are invited to take part in their local library and/or online. Children will receive free Summer Reading Challenge packs from public libraries or if they take part online there will be digital incentives and rewards. With school life disrupted in 2020/21, this year's Challenge is more important than ever, helping parents and carers to find family-friendly activities, maintain literacy levels and create a safe space for children to connect with their peers.
For more information, visit www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk