Children aged 4 to 11 are being encouraged to take part in a Summer Reading Challenge to read six books during the school summer holidays.
The Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge 2021, Wild World Heroes

The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge theme for 2021 is Wild World Heroes, created in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and illustrated by award-winning children’s author and illustrator Heath McKenzie. The challenge which launched on 26th June will run until Saturday 21st August 2021.

Parents or carers can phone their local library to register their child to take part in the challenge where they will be issued with a reading passport.

Community Planning and Regeneration Committee Convenor Cllr Chris Kane said: “During the summer holidays, children’s reading can take a dip without regular access to books or encouragement to read for pleasure.

“The Summer Reading Challenge is an excellent way to keep children engaged with good reading habits and I’d urge parents and guardians to register their child into the challenge. Information on how to access an appointment to browse our recently re-opened libraries are available on the Council website.”

Vice Convenor Cllr Scott Farmer said: “The Wild World Heroes reading challenge is a great opportunity to maintain a child’s active interest in developing their reading skills and confidence. With Select and Collect now available again at all Stirling Council libraries, I’d encourage all who are able to arrange an appointment to have a browse with their child.”

Any genre of children’s literature can be picked for the challenge, and if children are unable to get along to the library, they can borrow from the free e-book and e-audiobooks service or read their own books from home.

Children receive special rewards as they work their way through the challenge and a certificate is given to everyone who completes. Stirling Libraries are working with partners Blair Drummond Safari Park so that each child who completes the challenge can gain a free ticket for entry. These must be booked in advance.

Wild World Heroes aims to inspire children to explore ways of helping to save the planet, with a focus on taking action for nature and tackling real-world environmental issues, from plastic pollution and deforestation to wildlife decline and nature loss.

To see what is available on eBook and eAudiobook visit Stirling Libraries on the e-resource platforms Borrowbox and Libby/Overdrive. For more information on to access Stirling Libraries free eBooks and eAudiobooks visit the Stirling Council website.