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Go wild for reading this summer

Help your children to go wild about books and the planet by visiting your local library to sign up for the fun and free Wild World Heroes summer reading challenge.

We are once again supporting the Reading Agency’s summer reading challenge, which encourages reading for pleasure for children aged four to 11 over the summer holidays.

This year it’s all about the Wild World Heroes, who want to make their town even better for its people and animals. With ideas from WWF, the challenge focuses on action for nature and tackling real-world environmental issues, from plastic pollution and deforestation to wildlife decline and nature loss. It features amazing books, awesome rewards and plenty of ideas for taking care of the environment.

To take part visit any Portsmouth library to sign up, get a free pack and choose some books to get started. Alternately, you can sign up online at

Everyone who takes part in the summer reading challenge will be invited to Southsea Castle on Sunday 19 September to collect their medal at the very popular winners’ event.

Go wild in the park

Free family events this summer

You can have fun finding out more about both wildlife and books this summer at our free ‘Go wild in the park’ events, which we have organised with Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

At the events children will be able to take part in various wildlife themed fun activities, find out about the Wilder Portsmouth project, listen to animal storytelling from author Michael O’Leary, sign up for this year’s summer reading challenge and even choose some books to borrow from our mobile library.

The ‘Go wild in the park’ events run from 10am – 3pm and are aimed at children aged 3 – 11 years. They take place in the following spacious park settings to avoid concerns about crowding:

  • Tuesday 27 July at Tamworth Park
  • Tuesday 10 August at Milton Park
  • Tuesday 17 August at Victoria Park