Children encouraged to be Wild World Heroes

3:42pm - 22 June 2021

Children in North Somerset are being invited to help save the planet in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

The annual challenge is back in North Somerset libraries to encourage four to 11-year-olds to keep reading books over the summer and help them boost their literacy skills.

This year’s theme is Wild World Heroes – a special nature-themed challenge that will inspire children to stand up for the planet. It’s free to take part and children can sign up at any North Somerset library from Saturday 10 July. 

When they sign up they will receive a special Wild World Heroes collector’s poster asking them to help solve the environmental issues of “Wilderville". They can read any six library books of their choice, collecting special stickers to complete the poster and solve the environmental challenges. Children completing the challenge by Saturday 11 September will receive a certificate and medal.

Cllr Catherine Gibbons, North Somerset Council's executive member for children's services and lifelong learning, is encouraging children to take part in the challenge.

"There is a tendency for children's reading levels to dip over the summer holidays," she said. "Taking part in the challenge is fun and helps children to maintain their reading skills and improve their reading confidence and emotional wellbeing. This is particularly important this year following the disruption to schooling experienced by children as a result of the Covid pandemic." 

Cllr Mike Solomon, executive member for neighbourhoods and community services, said: "Wild World Heroes will feature amazing books, great rewards and plenty of ideas for taking care of our environment, so get ready to join in this summer.

"Your local library is looking forward to welcoming you! All our libraries have measures in place to keep you safe and volunteers and staff will be available to help children complete the challenge following the necessary guidelines."