Reading challenge includes fun events and activities at libraries

The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which launches at libraries in Northumberland this weekend, is Wild World Heroes.

Wednesday, 7th July 2021, 3:16 pm
Updated Wednesday, 7th July 2021, 3:16 pm
A promotional image for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

The annual challenge, co-ordinated nationally by The Reading Agency, starts on Saturday and is aimed at encouraging reading for pleasure for children aged four to 11 over the summer holidays.

It has teamed up with the WWF organisation for the 2021 theme, which inspires children to explore ways of helping to save the planet.

Northumberland Libraries will be offering a range of events and activities to tie in with the challenge, including shadow puppets with Robin Simpson at Alnwick Library and books and art workshop at Amble Library.

All events are free, but must be booked in advance. Look out for them being added at

Once signed up to the challenge, children will receive a free pack from their library or online and will join six fictional ‘wild heroes’ who will teach them about the importance of the environment.

With ideas from WWF, it focuses on action for nature and tackling environmental issues. To find out more, go to

Every child who completes the challenge will be awarded a medal and a special certificate, and will be entered into a prize draw to win a grey seal cruise for the family with Billy Shiel’s Boat Trips.

Cllr Jeff Watson, cabinet member for libraries at Northumberland County Council, said: “Research has shown that literacy levels in young children have fallen during the Covid-19 pandemic and taking part in the challenge is a great way to encourage them to enjoy reading and be ready to return to school better prepared.”