West Berkshire Council

Become a Wild World Hero at your local library this summer!

Summer Reading Challenge starts 1 July; environment theme will inspire children to stand up for the future of our planet

2021 Summer Reading Challenge Graphic

Issued on: 28 June 2021

West Berkshire Libraries will be challenging children to read up to six library books between 1 July and 15 September and to collect free incentives from their local library for their achievements as they read. The Libraries will be awarding medals and certificates for everyone who completes the challenge.

From 1 July, children aged 4-11 years can visit a library to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge. The theme of this year's challenge is Wild World Heroes - a celebration of books, nature and action for the environment, which has been developed in partnership with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the world's leading independent conservation organisation.

There will also be a mini-challenge for pre-school children and one for grown-ups too.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way for children to keep up their reading skills and confidence over the summer holidays and prevent the common holiday 'reading dip'.

Of course, it's also a lot of fun. This year's nature-themed challenge aims to inspire children to make a positive difference to their local environment and to 'stand up for the planet', which benefits everyone.

Councillor Howard Woollaston, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said:

"The Summer Reading Challenge is extremely popular for obvious reasons. It's a perfect mix of fun and learning, and children love the themes and collecting their medals and certificates.

"This year's theme - Wild World Heroes - will inspire children to discover how they can make a difference to the environment in fun and exciting ways."

There are plenty of opportunities for adults to get involved by volunteering to help run the Summer Reading Challenge at their local library over the summer. People who are interested should please visit  www.westberks.gov.uk/volunteer.

For additional activities, games, competitions and suggestions for further reading, visit the Summer Reading Challenge 2021 webpage.

It is free to join and borrow books from West Berkshire Libraries for all people living, working, or studying in West Berkshire. Babies and young children can have their own library cards and borrow up to 15 books at a time. There are also audiobooks (on CD), e-books and e-audiobooks, all available to borrow for free. DVDs for children are available to hire. All details, including current library opening hours, can be obtained on:  www.westberks.gov.uk/libraries.

In line with the current government restrictions still in place, customers will be asked to wear a face mask (unless exempt), maintain social distancing, use hand sanitiser as they enter the library, and provide details for Test and Trace.