Wild World Heroes Image supplied by Central Bedfordshire Council

Central Bedfordshire Council is calling for children to discover a wild reading adventure at their local library, during the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge.

This year the theme is Wild World Heroes, with a nature-themed challenge, supported by the World Wildlife Fund.

The challenge was launched in all libraries across Central Bedfordshire on 23 July, and will run until Saturday 11 September 2021.

To take part, children need to sign up at their nearest library at any time during the challenge. They must be a member of their library service.

Once signed up, the task is to read any six library books over the summer.

Books may be borrowed from a local library, requested via the Select and Collect service or children can use e-books, magazines and audio books available from the Virtual Library.

Participants will receive rewards along the way: stickers, a bookmark for reading two books, a pencil for reading for 4 books, and the ultimate reward will be a certificate and medal for those children who complete their six books by Saturday 11 September.

Children who complete the challenge will be entered into a lucky dip at their library for the chance to win a Kindle Fire tablet.

There will also be activities along the way, such as craft activities available from your local library or online. Other events and activities are planned for families during the summer holidays, which will be advertised on the Virtual Library or on Facebook.

Councillor Ian Dalgarno, executive member for community services at Central Bedfordshire Council said:

“We are delighted to be running the Summer Reading Challenge in our libraries in person again this summer!

“The Summer Reading Challenge is one way we aim to keep children excited and inspired to keep reading, especially over the school holidays.

“Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during this time if they do not have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure. This can also have a knock-on effect for schools, which can then be playing catch-up in the new term.

“With this year’s theme being ‘Wild World Heroes’, we are sure that those children that get involved will find the challenge will provide them with a good opportunity to enjoy reading over the summer in a fun way that also boosts their reading skills.”

To learn more about the Summer Reading Challenge, please visit Summer Reading Challenge or pop into your local library.