Children's Library

Summer Reading Challenge 2021

The Reading Agency and Southend libraries are excited to introduce Wild World Heroes, our Summer Reading Challenge for 2021 which runs from 17 July to the 28 August for children aged 4 to 12. There will also be an Early Years Challenge for children under 4 as part of the fun.

The Challenge takes place in mythical Wilderville where the Heroes and their animal companions have to take action to save the natural world.

To make the challenge as safe as possible this year we have reduced the number of times we will ask families to visit the library:

  1. at the beginning to collect a pack
  2. at the end to collect a certificate and medal

You can sign up in any of our libraries from 17 July. Just fill out a joining form that you can collect from the library, pick up a goody bag and checkout your books. After reading 6 books, children are environmental champions and can collect a certificate and medal from their local library. Children who complete the challenge by reading 6 books will be entered into a prize draw to win Adventure Island wristbands in September.

You can write a review or draw a picture and send it to and we’ll put them on our Southend Libraries social media (@southendlibrary on Facebook and Twitter) or website.

Children can talk to library staff about their books by booking an appointment during August at any library in Southend, to book your slot call 01702 215011.


There will be two live story hunts with storyteller John Kirk on Zoom. These sessions are suitable for families with story hunters age 3+.

Saturday 24 July at 2pm - Countryside

Wednesday 18 August at 2pm - Ocean

Book your place on eventbrite.

We also have Performance Poet Justin Coe delivering his Wild, Wild Word Show which will take us on his journey from Gran’s backyard to the local park and beyond. Help him hunt down the world’s wildest words to create your own adventurous and playful poetry along the way.

Thursday 5 August at 10.30am to 11.30am at the Forum Library.

The event is suitable for children aged 5+ and will cost £3 per child. Book your place on eventbrite.

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