Over 70,000 children’s books loaned out since the start of the Summer Reading Challenge

The Wild World Heroes Summer Reading Challenge 2021, produced by The Reading Agency and delivered in partnership with libraries, is in full swing at all 36 West Sussex Libraries.

Currently, more than 7,000 children have signed up to the challenge and over 70,000 books, eBooks and audio books have been loaned to children and their families since July.

Duncan Crow, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Community Support, Fire and Rescue, said: “It has been wonderful to hear that so many children are taking up the Summer Reading Challenge and that they are able to enjoy visiting and browsing all the great books in our children’s libraries.

“Alongside all the children that have signed up for the challenge, we have also had more than 1,000 children join the library, which is an absolutely fantastic result. This interest in reading will not only build valuable skills and confidence, but it will also prevent the ‘summer reading dip’ where children often stop reading during the holidays.”

Anyone who has already completed the challenge but hasn’t picked up their medal and certificate can do so from any West Sussex Library.

Some children have already completed the challenge and have visited their local library to pick up their medal and certificate.

One of the first was Ella Cooke, who picked hers up from Bognor Library. Ella said she had never had a medal before and then started looking for books that had medals in the stories.

For children who haven’t started yet, there is still time to join in the challenge by signing up online or by visiting your local library.

Joining the library is absolutely free for both children (and adults) and the challenge finishes on Saturday 11 September.