The free annual event, which will begin on Saturday (July 10), challenges children to read six books over the summer holidays. The theme for the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge is Wild World Heroes – in partnership with WWF UK.
Wild World Heroes encourages children to have fun reading and discover how we can all make a difference to the environment and stand up for the planet.
As children read library books for the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive special stickers, and will be rewarded with an amazing medal and certificate at the end of the challenge.
To take part in Wild World Heroes, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library, where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.
Youngsters can also take part online with the digital challenge, with fun online games and rewards. https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/
There’s a whole programme of events and activities planned at Bristol libraries for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge with great children’s author events and craft fun. Library staff have also been attending school assemblies across the city to promote the challenge.
Deputy Mayor, Councillor Asher Craig, Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to get children interested in books and reading.
“We are delighted to be welcoming people back into libraries after the last year, and we hope we can continue to help inspire children to become more confident readers and provide free entertainment during the summer holidays.
“This year’s nature-themed challenge will inspire our children to stand up for the planet and provide plenty of ideas for taking care of our environment.”
Children can find competitions, challenges, author interviews, news, and the book sorter - which recommends what children might like to read next, on the Summer Reading Challenge website throughout the year.
For information on joining Bristol Libraries, new opening hours and all the services you can access at home, please visit www.bristol.gov.uk/libraries