Libraries NI Summer Reading Challenge

07 June 2021

Libraries NI Summer Reading Challenge

Dear parents and carers,

The Libraries NI Summer Reading Challenge will take place from 19th June until 18th September. Children can sign up at their local library, choose their reading goal then read books to collect special stickers and other rewards along the way – all for FREE. There is a digital platform too, so the fun can carry on at home! Children can read whatever they like in their chosen format – fiction, fact books, poetry, joke books, picture books, graphic novels, audio books and eBooks. Everyone who completes their personal challenge will receive a certificate and medal. Events and activities will take place throughout the summer online and possible face-to-face depending on guidelines issued by the Northern Ireland Executive. 

Why should children take part? 

Children's reading can 'dip' during the long summer holidays if they do not have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure.
The Reading Agency’s annual Summer Reading Challenge really helps by getting over 700,000 children regularly into libraries over the summer, with thousands more taking part online. There is no other free reading activity that involves so many children, introduces families to their library, encourages children to choose books freely and independently and is endorsed by parents and teachers.

What is the focus this year?

This year the Summer Reading Challenge 2021 is called Wild World Heroes and it is a celebration of nature and action for the environment, in partnership with WWF UK.  Children age 4 to 11 can join the World Wide Heroes for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge to discover how they can make a difference to the environment. The challenge will feature amazing books, awesome rewards and plenty of ideas for taking care of the environment.

There will be more information on the Libraries NI website and social channels over the next few weeks so please keep a look out for further updates. In the meantime, if you need any further information email the Senior Children’s Services Manager Valerie Christie at [email protected] 

Yours sincerely,

Mrs K Taylor