We’re delighted that many families took time out of their summer holidays to join in with Wild World Heroes, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. 17,380 children took up the challenge to read six books over the summer, collect environmentally-themed stickers and be rewarded with a medal (or a gold sticker for younger children).
‘It can be difficult to keep my son motivated to keep up with his reading over the summer holidays, but the library team at Shenfield Library made the reading challenge so much fun and exciting for him, it made a real difference. Learning to read for pleasure at a young age is so important for later in life, and I'm really glad for the role the reading challenge plays in helping to achieve this.’ (Parent)
‘I love reading especially in bed at night, and the Summer Reading Challenge meant I could do lots of it. The trail in the library was great!’ (Child aged 8)
‘My son got his medal and he is over the moon’ (Parent)
‘My daughter just collected her medal and certificate and is very happy. Thank you for running this.’ (Parent)
We’d also like to give a big shout-out and huge thank you to the 433 volunteers from across Essex who contributed 7,981 hours helping children with the challenge.
‘I really enjoyed working with other volunteers, setting up the displays and speaking to the children’ (Volunteer aged 14)
‘The best thing about being a volunteer was seeing a child that was shy open up when talking about a book they enjoyed or seeing children get excited to get a sticker’ (Volunteer aged 15)
The challenge happens annually in all our libraries (including the mobile libraries) and is part of a national scheme run by The Reading Agency. It’s a fun, free activity which also helps to keep children’s reading levels up over the summer. Look out for the next Summer Reading Challenge which will be announced in spring 2022. Also, we’ll be launching our Winter Reading Challenge later in the year – so keep an eye out for more details of that.