Summer Reading Challenge for children

08/07/2021

Prizes, including a falconry experience, encourage youngsters to read more and care for the environment

Oxfordshire’s children are being encouraged to read more as part of a Summer Reading Challenge set by our local libraries.

The Wild World Heroes, Summer Reading Challenge 2021 encourages children to borrow and read any six library books over the summer.   The challenge provides a little motivation for children to keep up their reading skills and confidence over the summer holidays and prevent the common holiday reading dip.

The competition is being held in partnership with charity the Reading Agency and starts this Saturday (July 10).

To join in children need to sign-up at their nearest library, where they will be given a special collector’s folder to keep a record of their reading journey.  As part of the free challenge they will be introduced to the Wild World Heroes and will work to help make “Wilderville” become a better, greener place to live.

The challenge is packed full of ideas children can use to care for their environment and inspire them to stand up for the planet. Once they complete the challenge, they will receive a Wild World Heroes certificate and medal. They will also be entered into a prize draw with a falconry experience at Millets Farm with VIP entry as one of the prizes, alongside national book tokens and more.

Councillor Neil Fawcett, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Safety, said: “This is a great chance for children to ignite and develop a love of reading combined with a chance to win some great prizes. We welcome and encourage children across the county to visit the library and enjoy some great books over the summer.”

Summer Reading Challenge ambassador Steve Backshall, said: “I am thrilled to be supporting the Summer Reading Challenge 2021. The Reading Agency has teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund for Wild World Heroes, an exciting nature-themed reading challenge that will inspire children to take action for the environment. Wild World Heroes will spark conversations about the issues facing our planet, from plastic pollution to wildlife decline and will show how we can all work together to look after our world.

“By taking part in the challenge, children will unlock the benefits of reading for pleasure – it’s never been more important for young people to keep up their reading skills and confidence over the summer holidays. Wild World Heroes is a brilliant way to get children reading and talking about big issues! Happy summer of reading!”


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