ISLAND CHILDREN INVITED TO SIGN UP FOR 6-BOOK SUMMER READING CHALLENGE

Isle of Wight Council libraries are calling for children to sign up to read 6 books this summer as part of Wild World Heroes Summer Reading Challenge 2021.

The Summer Reading Challenge asks youngsters to borrow and read any 6 library books over the summer. The theme for this year’s challenge is Wild World Heroes.

For 2021, the Summer Reading Challenge is joining up with charity World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for a very special nature-themed challenge that will inspire children to stand up for the planet. However, children can choose any book on any theme, if they wish.

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To take part in this year’s challenge, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library or community library so they can pick up the books to enjoy at home. This year, e-books read via the Borrowbox service or online e-book service will also count towards the challenge.

The challenge has already launched in libraries across the Island and runs until Saturday 4th September. All participants will receive a special medal for taking part.

Rob Jones, the council’s library service manager, said:

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming children back to our libraries as their embark on their ‘wild’ trip with the Wild World Heroes for this year’s challenge.

“Reading has never been more important, allowing children to escape into a world of imagination and deal with challenges through the power of reading, as well as providing a family friendly activity.

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“Children can read more than six books over the period, if they want – the more the better! Last time we ran the challenge, 2,371 children signed up and a total of 34,689 books were borrowed throughout the time, playing a huge part in making sure children continue their literacy skills over the long summer holiday.”

Further information about online book services can be found at www.iow.gov.uk/Residents/Libraries-Cultural-and-Heritage/Library-Enjoy/eBooks. Children can also visit www.wildworldheroes.org.uk where they can chat, get reading recommendations, review their books and enter competitions.

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