Summer Reading Challenge

Wild World Heroes, Summer Reading Challenge 2021

Wild World Heroes, Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge Scotland encourages children aged 4-11 to read for fun over the holidays, a time when traditionally literacy levels dip.

Join the Summer Reading Challenge

Children can take part in the challenge this year by joining the Wild World Heroes online – a platform developed and hosted by The Reading Agency – and set their own personal reading challenge goals to complete this summer. The platform will keep track of books read, book reviews and rewards that each child unlocks along the way.

Wild World Heroes - join the fun!

If you need a library card to join the Wild World Heroes fun this summer - Join here

If you can't remember your card number or PIN please email


Borrow ebooks and audiobooks

This year you can browse our book lists on our Overdrive website or download the Libby App our online eBooks and Audiobooks App. We have created book lists to give you ideas for choosing books to complete the Summer Reading Challenge. If you need help with the Apps or how to register click here

                            Overdrive/Libby ebooks


                             Overdrive/Libby eAudiobooks

Borrow the books from our libraries

Physical copies of some of the books are also available in our libraries. You can browse through some of them or search our online catalogue.

Learn more about the Summer Reading Challenge

Run in partnership with The Reading Agency and Scottish libraries, the programme encourages children to read for fun and to continue to develop this fundamental life skill.

More than 40,000 children take the challenge annually reading over quarter of a million books in the process.

Children can read whatever they like - fiction, fact books, poetry, joke books, picture books, audio books - just as long as they are borrowed from the library.



Running alongside the Summer Reading Challenge this year is #StreamMyStory. It's a new series of children’s digital events for the end of term and summer holidays, bringing together authors, illustrators, storytellers and libraries from across all 32 local authorities in Scotland.

Glasgow Libraries are proud to be a part of this exciting programme for all ages and stages from early years to S3. We've all missed the excitement of live author visits and library sessions during the lockdowns and so we hope that these videos from much-loved authors from Scotland and beyond will help encourage young readers in their passion for books.

#StreamMyStory is free to view from its own YouTube channel from 17 June until 31 August and you can borrow ebooks from Overdrive and physical books from our libraries. So get watching and reading!


Staff pick

King of the Swamp by Catherine Emmett with illustrations by Ben Mantle 

McDarkly lives quietly all on his own, growing orchids in his dank swamp, until one day his peace is disturbed by an arrogant king who wants to turn the swamp into a roller-skate park. When a nature-researching, principled princess steps in, McDarkly has ten days to prove that the swamp isn't damp and dark, but an enchanted world. Can he do it, or will he risk losing his home forever?

With gorgeous illustrations and clever rhymes, this is a heart-warming story showing the benefits of working together, seeing beauty in unlikely places and the importance of looking after nature.


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RNIB Library makes a selection of Summer Reading Challenge books available in accessible formats for blind or partially sighted children, and for children with a print disability who cannot read standard print.

For children wanting to complete the Challenge, RNIB Library has thousands of children's titles in audio, braille and Giant Print formats. Audio books can be sent on DAISY CD or memory stick. Their Kids and Teen page has a list of some of their most popular titles if you're not sure what to read next.

Contact RNIB Library for help choosing books at 01733 375333 or by email at

Not yet registered with RNIB Library? Find further information and an application form here.

Contact us

We welcome feedback from library users.

Contact us to let us know how we are doing or if you want to find out more.

The Reading Agency