Keep your children reading over the school holidays with the Summer Reading Challenge 2021!
This summer, the reading challenge has returned to Nailsea Library with the theme ‘Wild World Heroes’, illustrated by award winning children’s author Heath McKenzie. In partnership with WWF and the Arts Council, the Reading Agency want to inspire children across the country to engage with nature and the environment – and read some great books too!
With a host of exciting activities on and offline and exciting rewards up for grabs, the challenge is great fun for children and adults alike. Let’s get our kids reading!
How Does the Challenge Work?
The challenge is designed for children aged 4-11. To begin with, children must select 6 books to enjoy. These can be in any genre and format – eBooks, audiobooks, poetry, fact, fiction, joke books and graphic novels all count!
They will have until the 11th September to read all 6. If they manage it, there are special rewards on offer including a certificate. In the meantime, every book completed earns them special stickers which they can add to their Wild World Heroes Collector Poster.
Alongside all this reading, the Summer Reading Challenge website has plenty of interactive content to help engage your child in nature and books. They can create a profile and chat to other book lovers, review recent reads to earn badges, take part in creative activities from the British Library, watch author interviews and help to restore the nature of ‘Wilderville’ through fun, interactive games. As well as this, children can take part in a treasure hunt to find characters hiding in library and shop windows all over Nailsea!
For reading inspiration, check out the North Somerset Libraries Facebook and Twitter pages, where they are sharing some nature-themed reads to inspire and delight. The challenge website also gives children the opportunity to find recommendations from other children just like them!
How Can My Child Take Part?
To take part, your child must have an up-to-date library card. If you haven’t visited in the last year, you may need to re-register. To check, contact Nailsea Library beforehand to save time and minimise queuing – the opening hours are below! Then sign up to the challenge anytime until the 11th September.
To find out more about how to inspire your child to love books over the school break, visit the Summer Reading Challenge website. You can also find handy tips on how to use it and other family resources for parents and carers here.