Could your little one be a Wild World Hero this summer?

The Summer Reading Challenge is back at Stockport libraries.

Could your little one be a Wild World Hero this summer?

The Reading Agency Summer Reading Challenge is back at libraries across Stockport, and recruiting Wild World Heroes to read some great books and play along with some ‘wild heroes’ to help protect the environment. Starting on 10th July, the challenge runs all summer until 11th September 2021.

The aim of the Wild World Heroes is to address the summer reading ‘dip’ that typically happens over the school holidays. Children are encouraged to read six books, this year focusing on environmental issues like deforestation and plastic pollution thanks to a partnership with leading wildlife charity WWF. While the main challenge is aimed at 4 – 11 year olds, there is also a mini-challenge running for pre-school aged children.

To help celebrate the start of the challenge, children are being asked to film themselves saying "I'm a Wild World Hero!" while standing with their favourite book. Want to get involved? Email your video over to lynda.byrne@stockport.gov.uk

Due to the pandemic, the challenge moved online in 2020, and proved enormously popular, reaching over 520,000 families across the UK. This year, with the landscape still uncertain, children will have the option to join the reading challenge digitally but Stockport’s libraries will still be making up physical packs including stickers and prizes. To register, children must visit the Summer Reading Challenge website, where they can create a profile to play games and collect rewards. They can then visit a local library to collect their physical pack.

Subject to social distancing, children will be encouraged to pop into their local library to be inspired and find new reading materials. Alternatively, Stockport libraries allows access to thousands of e-books or e-audiobooks for free, which can be downloaded remotely.

On completion of the challenge, children will be able to collect a medal and certificate from their local library, or download a digital version of their certificate.

Councillor David Sedgwick, Cabinet Member for Citizen Focus and Engagement at Stockport Council, said: “I’m thrilled that libraries across Stockport are taking part in this exciting challenge for children this summer. It’s a fantastic opportunity for children to not only read some fantastic books, but to learn about how to protect our environment, which is important for everyone.

“It’s been a hard year for everyone thanks to the pandemic, but we are now welcoming visitors back to many of Stockport’s libraries. The fantastic thing about this year’s challenge is that children can enjoy it in person or digitally, so there’s no need to come to the library if you do not feel comfortable.”

“I’m sure children across the borough will enjoy becoming Wild World Heroes for a few weeks this summer!”

For more information about the challenge, visit https://www.stockport.gov.uk/summer-reading-challenge-2021.