Summer Reading Challenge with Manchester Libraries

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Children's author and illustrator Rob Biddulph
Children's author and illustrator Rob Biddulph.

Summer Reading Challenge at Manchester Central Library, Manchester, 5 July–18 September 2021, free entry - Visit now

Manchester Libraries invite all four to eleven year olds to join the free Summer Reading Challenge running for six weeks through the summer holidays, until 18 September. For 2021, the Summer Reading Challenge has teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for a special nature theme called Wild World Heroes focused on the environment and nature.

Join the Wild World Heroes for the Summer Reading Challenge and discover how you can help them make a difference to the environment, with plenty of ideas that will inspire you to stand up for the planet, plus competitions and prizes.

Head to your local library to pick up a free joining pack and start borrowing and reading books to earn your medal and certificate. Manchester Libraries have bought lots of new books on a nature and environmental theme for you to choose from – which book will you start off with? Once you’ve read six books, you will have completed the Challenge, but why stop there? Why not check out the other books too – you can read whatever you like, as long as they’re from a library.

The Wild World Heroes are inviting you to Wilderville! It’s a pretty cool place, but there are lots of things that the Wild World Heroes can do to make their town even better for everyone who lives there – the people and the animals. Join the Wild World Heroes for the Summer Reading Challenge and discover how you can help them make a difference to the environment, with plenty of ideas that will inspire you to stand up for the planet, plus competitions and prizes, rewards, and a programme of free summer holiday activities online and also in your library.

There’s lots of wild stuff to inspire you to keep reading, including weekly online drawing sessions with Steve Smallman and a special film made by children’s author and illustrator Rob Biddulph to celebrate the Wild World Heroes! Rob is a bestselling and multi award-winning author/illustrator, the man behind #DrawWithRob and the official World Book Day Illustrator for 2019, 2020 and 2021. Join him on Wednesday 21 July for half an hour from 11am – have your pencil and paper ready to draw along with Rob, then listen to him read from his latest picture book Dog Gone. Search @manchesterlibraries on Facebook to watch, and also keep an eye on here for updates about what’s on and which books to read as the Summer Reading Challenge progresses.

The Summer Reading Challenge is delivered in Manchester by Manchester Libraries in partnership with The Reading Agency.

Summer Reading Challenge at Manchester Central Library, Manchester

5 July–18 September 2021
Free entry

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