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Children encouraged to go wild for 2021's Summer Reading Challenge

Summer reading challenge 2021

Children across Gateshead are being encouraged to go wild for reading this summer by joining the hugely popular annual Summer Reading Challenge, taking place at all Gateshead Council libraries from 10 July until 4 September.

The Reading Agency have teamed up with the WWF in developing the theme for this year's challenge, which is 'Wild World Heroes', featuring illustration by award-winning children's author and illustrator Heath McKenzie. It is aimed at encouraging children aged four to 11 years to engage in fun reading activities focused on real world environmental issues, such as climate change, wildlife decline, plastic pollution, and deforestation.

To join the excitement all children need to do is visit any library across Gateshead at least three times throughout the summer holidays and borrow at least two books. Each time they will be rewarded with a free prize:

Aged 5 to 11 years:

  • First visit - Wild World Heroes themed collectors' cards and stickers 
  • Second visit - A challenge themed book and pencil
  • Third visit - A certificate of completion.

Aged 4 years:

  • First visit - Wild World Heroes themed collectors' cards and stickers
  • Second visit - A book and additional stickers
  • Third visit - More stickers and a certificate of completion

All libraries are open throughout the summer, and our friendly library staff will be on-hand to help you find the books you're looking for, and if you're stuck for inspiration, they can make recommendations that fit the challenge theme.

In advance of your visits, why not search for and reserve your titles using our online library catalogue or by downloading the Borrowbox app, available for Apple IOS and Android devices. Alternatively, if you're not yet ready to return to your local library, use our Ring and Read service, and we'll pick you books for you, and arrange a convenient collection date and time for you.

Councillor Angela Douglas, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, said "As an avid reader myself, I think this is a fantastic idea. The Challenge encourages reading for pleasure over the summer holidays, building reading skills and confidence and helping to prevent a dip in reading while children are out of school. It will also play a key role in supporting reading catch-up after what's been a difficult year."

The Summer Reading Challenge also features a dedicated, free to access website, where children can discover new books and review and rate the books they've read. It also features video content, games, quizzes and downloadable activities.

Summer reading challenge 2021
08 July 2021

Children across Gateshead are being encouraged to go wild for reading this summer by joining the hugely popular annual Summer Reading Challenge, taking place at all Gateshead Council libraries from 10 July until 4 September.

The Reading Agency have teamed up with the WWF in developing the theme for this year's challenge, which is 'Wild World Heroes', featuring illustration by award-winning children's author and illustrator Heath McKenzie. It is aimed at encouraging children aged four to 11 years to engage in fun reading activities focused on real world environmental issues, such as climate change, wildlife decline, plastic pollution, and deforestation.

To join the excitement all children need to do is visit any library across Gateshead at least three times throughout the summer holidays and borrow at least two books. Each time they will be rewarded with a free prize:

Aged 5 to 11 years:

  • First visit - Wild World Heroes themed collectors' cards and stickers 
  • Second visit - A challenge themed book and pencil
  • Third visit - A certificate of completion.

Aged 4 years:

  • First visit - Wild World Heroes themed collectors' cards and stickers
  • Second visit - A book and additional stickers
  • Third visit - More stickers and a certificate of completion

All libraries are open throughout the summer, and our friendly library staff will be on-hand to help you find the books you're looking for, and if you're stuck for inspiration, they can make recommendations that fit the challenge theme.

In advance of your visits, why not search for and reserve your titles using our online library catalogue or by downloading the Borrowbox app, available for Apple IOS and Android devices. Alternatively, if you're not yet ready to return to your local library, use our Ring and Read service, and we'll pick you books for you, and arrange a convenient collection date and time for you.

Councillor Angela Douglas, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, said "As an avid reader myself, I think this is a fantastic idea. The Challenge encourages reading for pleasure over the summer holidays, building reading skills and confidence and helping to prevent a dip in reading while children are out of school. It will also play a key role in supporting reading catch-up after what's been a difficult year."

The Summer Reading Challenge also features a dedicated, free to access website, where children can discover new books and review and rate the books they've read. It also features video content, games, quizzes and downloadable activities.

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