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Norfolk libraries launch Wild World Heroes reading challenge

Children in West Norfolk are being encouraged to explore their local library by taking part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which launches today.

The initiative aims to help keep youngsters engaged with books during the long summer break.

And top authors and TV presenters will be helping to inspire participants this year.

King's Lynn library (49043541)
King's Lynn library (49043541)

The theme of the challenge this year Wild World Heroes’- helping youngsters aged between four and 11 to enjoy reading while learning about nature and discovering how they can make a difference to the environment.

The Reading Agency has teamed up with World Wildlife Fund UK to create this year’s nature-themed challenge.

And the Norfolk County Council library service recommends reading around six different books, during the six week challenge.

During the challenge children earn stickers and, on completion, they will receive a certificate and a medal. There is also a mini-challenge available so that pre-school children don’t miss out.

Margaret Dewsbury, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for communities and partnerships, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is a fun and engaging way to keep kids reading throughout the summer.

"I know that many of our library’s biggest fans might have been unable to visit since last year so this is a great opportunity to reintroduce them to the local library.”

Anyone can register for the Summer Reading Challenge at their local library or mobile library.

Each child will receive a free map of the fictional town of Wilderville. The aim of the game is to read two books, collect a set of stickers to put on the map and solve the clues.

Free nature-inspired activity sheets will be available from libraries each week during the summer holidays.

And there will also be a range of free online events with special guests, including Jess French, best-selling author, vet and Cbeebies TV presenter; Gill Lewis, award winning author and vet; and renowned storyteller John Kirk.

For more information, visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries-local-history-and-archives/libraries/whats-on/summer-reading-challenge.

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