Found out about this years’ Summer Reading Challenge Wild World Heroes and how to take part.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Get ready for Wild World Heroes, arriving online and in your local library this summer.
West Sussex Libraries are currently open under revised hours. For more information see our Libraries Reopening page. Children taking part in the Wild World Heroes reading challenge can also borrow and download eBooks and eAudiobooks from our eLibrary.
We are now also offering a Select and Collect service where you can reserve items online or ask staff to choose some for you. Once the books are available your local library will contact you by phone or email to arrange collection You may also be able to choose something from your school library, read a book you’ve got at home, or reread an old favourite that you really enjoy.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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Keep a lookout here for our regular Wild World Heroes newsletters!
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
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.