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Buckinghamshire Libraries launches this year’s Summer Reading Challenge

Buckinghamshire Libraries launched the Summer Reading Challenge, Wild World Heroes, on Saturday 10 July.

Wild World Heroes is a celebration of reading, nature and action for the environment. Developed in partnership with WWF – the world’s leading independent conservation organisation – Wild World Heroes will inspire children to stand up for the future of our planet.

Children are encouraged to read six books (including eBooks and eAudio) and can find book recommendations and access lots of fun activities at:

New for 2021 is a pre-school mini challenge suitable for children aged 3 years and under. It’s a great way to encourage families with younger children to regularly borrow and read books over the summer – especially if older siblings are taking part in the main challenge.

With ideas from WWF, the main challenge focuses on action for nature and tackling real-world environmental issues, from plastic pollution and deforestation to wildlife decline and nature loss.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb said:

“Reading is a cornerstone of children’s education and a key skill for developing their language and vocabulary. After the impact of the pandemic on young people, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge is more timely than ever, and a great opportunity for children to discover the joy of reading while building knowledge of vital environmental issues.”

Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure,Clive Harriss, commented:

“It’s fantastic that our libraries are once again taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge. And this year’s theme, Wild World Heroes, presents a great opportunity for children throughout the county to celebrate adventure, friendship, reading and fun while discovering the natural world and its importance. Reading is a fundamental part of our education and those that read regularly gain from the additional knowledge and have a wider vocabulary.”

This year Summer Reading Challenge will end on Saturday 4 September, and more information on the programme can be found at: