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Find out how you can take part in Wild World Heroes Find out how you can take part in Wild World Heroes

Found out about this year's Summer Reading Challenge Wild World Heroes and how to take part.

 

 

This week's Summer Reading Challenge Wild World Heroes Story Story Magic Special! This week's Summer Reading Challenge Wild World Heroes Story Story Magic Special!

Welcome to Story Magic online: Anna's Allotment Bake.
 
This multi-sensory story is fun and suitable for everyone but especially brilliant for children with additional needs.

 

 

 

 

The items we will be using for this story are:


1. A bottle or container half filled with water and sealed
2. Fresh herbs or a flower to smell
3. Fish shapes cut from a piece of tin foil
4. 3 feathers
5. A large pebble or stone
6. Bubble wrap with lots of small black dots drawn or stuck on
7. A Basic frog shape cut from card/paper with two strips of concertinaed paper/card stuck on

 

If you don’t have an item at home you could swap it for another!

 

Why not also visit Bag Books to see some of their DIY stories too?

 

Catch up with previous Story Magic Online videos in our YouTube playlist.

 

All of these sessions are subtitled. To see the subtitles on the songs on this page click the small box underlined in red at the bottom of the screen which appears once you start playing the video. To see the subtitles on the additional songs on the playlist on YouTube click the cc icon at the bottom of the screen.

 

Meet the Wild World Heroes! Meet the Wild World Heroes!

 

Meet the characters on the Summer Reading Challenge Facebook page and this week it's Marcus.

 

Marcus lives on his family’s farm and helps out in their café. He is always trying out new recipes on his friends. His favourite thing to do is read poetry with his friend Charlie the chaffinch.

 

 

 

 

Real Life Wild World Heroes Real Life Wild World Heroes

 

Sir David Attenborough – the English broadcaster and natural historian is best known for his books and TV programmes on wildlife and the wonders of the natural world. Find out more about his amazing life on Britannica.

 

Chris Packhambest known for his television work including the CBBC children's nature series The Really Wild Show the English naturalist is also nature photographer and author. Discover more on his website.

 

Greta Thunberg – find out more about the teenager who inspired an international movement to fight climate change on her Facebook page.

 

Wildlife Heroes – The WWF has a section on Wildlife Heroes celebrating inspirational men and women from all walks of life who have dedicated their lives to the protection and conservation of wildlife.

Wild Websites Wild Websites

 

Girlguiding – with guiding girls have fun, adventure and the space to discover their potential. Why not get a book or outdoor badge?

 

Plastic Free July – hints and tips for living plastic-free.

 

Scouts – where young people make new friends, have amazing adventures, and learn new skills.

 

Surfers against Sewage – creating ocean activists everywhere for a thriving ocean and thriving people.

 

Sussex Wildlife Trust - they exist so that future generations can experience the joy and well-being that comes from connecting with nature in Sussex. They are for everyone who cares about nature in Sussex.

 

Wastebusters – aim is to inspire and empower children to care for the environment.

 

Wildlife Watch – for children that can't get enough of exploring the great outdoors or those desperate to find out a bit more about the weird and wonderful creatures we share our world with. 

 

WWF - working every day to protect our amazing world.

 

Wild World Heroes Ambassadors and Supporters Wild World Heroes Ambassadors and Supporters

Meet the two ambassadors involved in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

 

 

Dara McAnulty is a teenage naturalist and award-winning writer and broadcaster. His debut book Diary of a Naturalist won him a medal for conservation from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Find out more about Dara on the Penguin Publishers website.

 

 

 

 

Steve Backshall is an award-winning explorer, presenter and writer. Steve has always had an interest in the wild and has been involved with lots of wildlife and nature programmes on TV. His also author of The Falcon Chronicles series of books. Visit his website to find out more.

 

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Current Offer › Summer Reading Challenge

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Join Wild World Heroes! Join Wild World Heroes!

Are you ready for a seriously wild summer adventure?

 

Children will join our six young heroes in a town called Wilderville. It’s a pretty cool place but with a few changes they can make it even better for the people and animals who live there. They have their trusted friends, but they need your help too!

 

Join the Wild World Heroes for the Summer Reading Challenge and discover how you can make a difference to the environment too. The Reading Agency have teamed up with WWF for a very special nature-themed Challenge that will inspire you to stand up for the planet!

 

Complete the online registration form to join now.

 

The challenge starts on Saturday 10th July and finishes on Saturday 11th September.

Helping children choose what to read Helping children choose what to read

 

 

Get ready for Wild World Heroes, arriving online and in your local library this summer.

 

West Sussex Libraries are now open their normal hours. For more information see our Library opening times webpage. Children taking part in the Wild World Heroes reading challenge can also borrow and download eBooks and eAudiobooks from our eLibrary.

 

You can also reserve items online using the online catalogue. Once the books are available your local library will contact you by phone or email to arrange collection  

 

Find out how you can support children at the beginning of their reading journey, or check out our booklists offering recommended titles to support children with difficult situations and new experiences.

 

If you're stuck for ideas, The Reading Agency's online Book Sorter could be the answer! Children can tell the machine their age and the type of book they're looking for, in order to discover new titles recommended by others.

 

Wild World Heroes Recommended Reads Wild World Heroes Recommended Reads

1529036046
Author: Aye, Nila
Year: 2020
Format: Hardback
Class no: BAB
Publisher: Campbell Books
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0241439477
Author: Kearney, Brendan
Year: 2020
Format: Paperback
Class no: PIC
Publisher: DK Children
ISBN: 9780241439470
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1474978436
Author: Davidson, Zanna
Author: Williamson, Melanie
Year: 2021
Format: Paperback
Class no: STO
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781474978439, 1474978436
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1912854902
Author: Patrick, Kat
Year: 2021
Format: Hardback
Class no: PIC
Publisher: Scribble
ISBN: 9781912854905
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1408893916
Author: Krestovnikoff, Miranda
Year: 2020
Format: Hardback
Class no: J598.09
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
ISBN: 9781408893913
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0192773666
Author: Webster, Sheryl
Author: Shoesmith, Helen
Year: 2021
Format: Paperback
Class no: PIC
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780192773661
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1529034361
Author: Donaldson, Julia
Year: 2021
Format: Hardback
Class no: BAB
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
ISBN: 9781529034363
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085763917X
Author: Hawk, Goldie
Year: 2017
Format: Hardback
Class no: J613.69
Publisher: Nosy Crow
ISBN: 9780857639172
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1786960532
Author: Grylls, Bear
Year: 2018
Format: Paperback
Class no: STO
Publisher: Bear Grylls
ISBN: 9781786960535
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Author: Zephaniah, Benjamin
Year: 2021
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Publisher: Orchard Books
ISBN: 9781408361252
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Wild World Heroes FAQs Wild World Heroes FAQs

 

Q. How do I sign up for Wild World Heroes?

A. Complete the online registration form to join now.  You can also scan this QR code to join.

 

 

Q. When does Wild World Heroes start?

A. It starts on Saturday 10th July. Give the code word from the registration email and you may collect a bag containing a pull-out poster, three sets of stickers, an additional reward and activity sheets when you come to choose books or collect your reservations. The mini-challenge is also available this year. The bag will contain a fold up wallet, which children can decorate, 6 round stickers and activity sheet.

 

 

Q. When does Wild World Heroes end?

A. The challenge ends on Saturday 11th September.

 

 

Q. How many books do I have to read to complete the challenge this year?

A. There is no minimum number of books that children need to read this year. The Reading Agency suggests 6, but children can set their own target – from 1 to 99!

 

 

Q. What books can I read?

A. Any books that you like – they can be library books, books from home or school or eBooks, audiobooks and eAudiobooks. You can reserve items online if there is a particular book you wish to read. If you need help using our eLibrary please contact us at library.digital.support@westsussex.gov.uk

 

 

Q. Where can I get ideas of books I might like to read?

A.  You can look at the booksorter on the Wild World Heroes website.

 

 

Q. Will I be able to get a medal and certificate?

A. We have ordered medals and certificates for the children in West Sussex who take part in the challenge. These will be available to collect from your local library from 2nd August. (Children under 3 will receive a gold medal sticker rather than a metal medal).

 

 

Q. Will there be any activities over the summer that my children can take part in?

A. Due to the current situation we are planning to have some online activities on our website. If the restrictions relax as the summer progresses we hope to re-introduce some face-to-face activities in some libraries. Please check your local library for more information. We also have a Facebook page for families called “Family Corner” which is a place where the whole family can come together to share stories, sing songs and enjoy all that libraries have to offer.

 

Grab a book - get crafty! Grab a book - get crafty!

Grab a Book – Get Crafty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s craft is inspired by the book The Nature Adventure written by Katie Taylor, illustrated by Lianne Harrison and published by Dorling Kindersley.

 

 

Catch up with previous Grab a book – Get Crafty! videos in our YouTube playlist.

 

All of these sessions are subtitled. To see the subtitles on the songs on this page click the small box underlined in red at the bottom of the screen which appears once you start playing the video. To see the subtitles on the additional songs on the playlist on YouTube click the cc icon at the bottom of the screen.

What's in my book bag? What's in my book bag?

 

“What’s in my Book Bag?" is our series of children’s book recommendations from staff in the Library Service.

 

 

Wild World Heroes  - Older Readers

 

 

Watch our latest video to get some great recommendations for exciting books for older readers connected to this years’ Summer Reading Challenge – Wild World Heroes!

Catch up with previous What’s in my book bag? videos in our YouTube playlist.

 

All of these videos are subtitled. To see the subtitles click the small page underlined in red at the bottom of the screen which appears once you start playing the video. To see the subtitles on the additional songs on the playlist on YouTube click the cc icon at the bottom of the screen.

 

If you’d like to borrow any of our books, you can reserve them from home using the online catalogue on the West Sussex Libraries website. On our website you’ll also find a great selection of downloadable eBooks, along with our online children’s activities and learning resources.

Summer Reading Challenge Wild World Heroes Baby Rhyme Time Special Summer Reading Challenge Wild World Heroes Baby Rhyme Time Special

We have a special Baby Rhyme Time to celebrate this years’ Summer Reading Challenge, Wild World Heroes.  

 

 

 

 

Visit our Rhymetime, Storytime and Story Magic webpage to find out more and see more videos.

Summer Reading Challenge Wild World Heroes Storytime and Craft Specials Summer Reading Challenge Wild World Heroes Storytime and Craft Specials

Coming soon!

 

 

To see the subtitles on these activities, click the small box underlined in red at the bottom of the screen which appears when you start playing the video in full screen.

Wild World Heroes eNewsletters Wild World Heroes eNewsletters

 

Keep a lookout here for our regular Wild World Heroes Family eNewsletters!

 

Newsletter 1 – 20/07/2021

Go Wild with the Summer Reading Challenge website! Go Wild with the Summer Reading Challenge website!

 

The wildest world heroes may wish to visit The Reading Agency's official Summer Reading Challenge website for more fun:


• Book Sorter - we cannot guarantee that all titles recommended by the Book Sorter are currently available in West Sussex, but please ask!
• Create a profile to submit book reviews and enter competitions
• Information for parents and carers
• Reading Club - find out more about some of your favourite authors and illustrators
 Activities - quizzes and competitions
 

Local Places To Visit Local Places To Visit

 

The British Wildlife Centre  - the finest collection of native wildlife in Britain.

 

Blackberry Farm Park – come and meet the animals, ride a pony or play in one of the play areas.

 

Godstone Farm - discover, explore and play at the farm.

 

Marwell Zoo – explore Marwell Zoo and get closer to the wonders of the natural world.

 

Staunton Farm & Country Park  - visit the farm, explore the maze or enjoy one of the walking trails.

 

Stoneywish Nature Reserve – 50 acres of countryside to explore of meadows, wetlands and woodland which is home to a wealth of wildlife as well as their own farm animals. You can also explore the gardens and exhibitions.

 

 

 

 

 

If you have a West Sussex Compass Card you may be able to get a discount at some of these venues/attractions. Visit the website to find out more about a Compass Card and how to get one.

 

 

Rediscover Summer Rediscover Summer

 

Thanks to the UK’s successful vaccine roll-out programme, we can start to enjoy activities safely again, and there’s never been a better time to see what’s out there.

 

Reading

From reading your favourite books to visiting the places that inspired them, where will reading take you this summer?

 

Scouts - Share your own stories and work together to draw heroes and act out their adventures. Visit the Scouts Hybrid Heroes to find out more.

 

Story Museum - From Story Makers and Comic Clubs to interactive walks and a family jukebox. Oxford's Story Museum has a range of activities, performances and workshops for children and young people throughtout the summer holidays.

 

 

Nature

The summer is a perfect time to get back to nature. Plan your perfect walking route to explore the outdoors or use your imagination to get creative in the natural world.

 

 

Horniman Museum – These interactive object handling workshops from the Horniman Museum explore amazing objects from across the museum’s handling collection, from bones and teeth to arctic life and animals in their habitats.

 

 

Living Streets - #WalkingFromHome has never been easier! Living Street’s educational booklet has a bunch of walking activities to keep kids entertained while helping children and young people learn about the importance of walking.

 

 

Natural History Museum - Use your imagination to create Lego Life Forms that could survive environments outside of this world.

 

 

West Sussex Libraries - Family Corner West Sussex Libraries - Family Corner

 

Have you seen our Family Corner on Facebook?  This is a place where the whole family can come together to share stories, sing songs and enjoy all that libraries have to offer.

Staying Safe Online Staying Safe Online

 

Don't forget to stay safe online. For the lastest advice, guidance and information:
 

 

 
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