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Summer Reading Challenge

Monday 12th July 2021

Get ready for the Wild World Heroes, as Summer Reading Challenge 2021 comes to Kent libraries!

Kent libraries are excited to introduce Wild World Heroes, Summer Reading Challenge 2021; a celebration of nature and action for the environment, in partnership with WWF UK.

Running from 10 July – 11 September 2021, for the first time, children can choose to sign up and participate in the Summer Reading Challenge either by visiting a Kent Library to claim their joining pack, or by visiting to take part online.  Visit to find an up to date list of our open libraries and information about when others will be opening.


Meet the Wild World Heroes – Carys, Marcus, Callum, Willow, Faiza, David and their trusted animal companions from Wilderville, who are all on a mission to take action and save their natural world.


Children can help the Wild World Heroes by signing up to the Summer Reading Challenge and reading six library books over the summer period.  It can be any type of reading material including stories, information books, audiobooks, eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and more.  When they have read their six books and completed the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive a medal and certificate (while stocks last). And it’s all for free!


After the difficult year with the pandemic and its impact on children and their families, the Summer Reading Challenge 2021 is more important than ever in supporting children with their learning, reading skills and so much more. Wild World Heroes celebrates adventure, friendship, reading and fun while helping children to discover the natural world and its importance.


Over 19,000 children took part in ‘Space Chase’ which was the theme for The Summer Reading Challenge in 2019 and was a record for Kent. Help us to make this year as big a success and sign up!


‘The children absolutely loved it, especially good for a reluctant 8-year-old boy reader. Also a great way of encouraging families to share books together.  We loved it!’

(Feedback from a parent in 2019)


The Summer Reading Challenge is presented by The Reading Agency, delivered in partnership with libraries.


Find out more at your local library, on our website or follow Kent Libraries our social media pages – Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


Live Virtual Zoolabs

Zoolab Rangers bring their animals to our free online Zoolab events, part of Kent Libraries Summer Reading Challenge, Wild World Heroes.


Naturetown – suitable for 5-8 year olds

Wed 4 Aug 1pm-1.45pm

Thurs 12 Aug 10am-10.45am

Hear about the adventure of fellow eco-warriors helping local wildlife, reinforcing what we can all do to protect and care for our animal neighbours.


Eco Investigators – suitable for 8-11 year olds

Wed 18 Aug 10am-10.45am

Thurs 26 Aug 1pm-1.45pm

Become an Eco Investigator and learn how we can help save our animal friends – all from the comfort of your own home!

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