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Bishop's Stortford College librarian Lizzie Hall's best children's books inspired by the Wild World Heroes Summer Reading Challenge 2021




Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian Lizzie Hall writes about the magic of storytelling...

Dear Reader. The Summer Reading Challenge 2021 is now here.

The Reading Agency has teamed up with WWF for a very special nature-themed Wild World Heroes challenge which will inspire you to stand up for the planet.

You can take part in the challenge by signing up at your local library or online at www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk.

And here are some books to go wild with this summer...

Picture books

The Weed by Quentin Blake

"The world was becoming hard and dry, old and tired and difficult to live in."

After the Meadowsweet family suddenly and unexpectedly find themselves at the bottom of a giant crack in the earth, they must trust in their mynah bird, Octavia, and a special seed to help them get back up to the surface.

An inspiring fable about the power of nature, encouraging children and adults alike to care for the environment and each other.

The Weed by Quentin Blake (49215969)
The Weed by Quentin Blake (49215969)

King of the Swamp by Catherine Emmett and 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.

McDarkly has 10 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?

King of the Swamp by Catherine Emmett and Ben Mantle (49215933)
King of the Swamp by Catherine Emmett and Ben Mantle (49215933)

The Last Tiger by Petr Horacek

Strong and proud, the tiger is lord of the jungle, but all his strength and boldness cannot keep him safe from the human hunters.

In captivity, the tiger realises that what really matters is not strength or power, but freedom.

The Last Tiger by Petr Horacek (49215961)
The Last Tiger by Petr Horacek (49215961)

Younger readers

Swim, Shark, Swim! by Dom Conlon and Anastasia Izlesou

Swim around the world with Shark as he explores ocean forests and coastal reefs, meeting hammerheads and great whites, stingrays and dolphins in a search for the place he calls home.

Some of the species covered include blacktip reef shark, tiger shark, humpback whale, bottlenose dolphin, great white shark and many more.

Swim, Shark, Swim! by Dom Conlon and Anastasia Izlesou (49215952)
Swim, Shark, Swim! by Dom Conlon and Anastasia Izlesou (49215952)

Fletcher and the Caterpillar by Julia Rawlinson and Tiphanie Beeke

Fletcher finds a caterpillar under a juicy green leaf. With the help of his friends, he introduces it to lots of games. But all it wants to do is munch. When Caterpillar stops munching, Fletcher is worried, but, as spring turns to summer, something magical is about to happen!

Join Fletcher and his friends as they discover a shimmering surprise in this joyous seasonal story.

Fletcher and the Caterpillar by Julia Rawlinson and Tiphanie Beeke (49215942)
Fletcher and the Caterpillar by Julia Rawlinson and Tiphanie Beeke (49215942)

Poppy Goes Wild by Nick Powell and Becca Hall

Poppy is on a mission to save her grandad's farm by returning the countryside to a time when flower meadows grew wild and native animals flourished.

Can Poppy succeed in helping nature to work its magic?

Poppy Goes Wild by Nick Powell and Becca Hall (49215958)
Poppy Goes Wild by Nick Powell and Becca Hall (49215958)

Older readers

The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley

When Charlie's longed-for brother is born with a serious heart condition, Charlie's world is turned upside down.

Upset and afraid, Charlie flees the hospital and makes for the ancient forest on the edge of town.

There, Charlie finds a boy floating facedown in the stream, injured, but alive.

But when Charlie sets off back to the hospital to fetch help, it seems the forest has changed. It's become a place as strange and wild as the boy dressed in deerskins.

For Charlie has unwittingly fled into the Stone Age, with no way to help the boy or return to the present day. Or is there?

What follows is a wild, big-hearted adventure as Charlie and the Stone Age boy set out together to find what they have lost - their courage, their hope, their family and their way home.

The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley (49215948)
The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley (49215948)

The Last Bear by Hannah Gold and Levi Pinfold

There are no polar bears left on Bear Island. At least, that's what April's father tells her when his scientific research takes them to this remote Arctic outpost for six months.

But one endless summer night, April meets one. He is starving, lonely and a long way from home. Determined to save him, April begins the most important journey of her life.

The Last Bear is a celebration of the love between a child and an animal, a battle cry for our world and an irresistible adventure with a heart as big as a bear's.

This moving story will win the hearts of children and show them that no one is too young or insignificant to make a difference.

The Last Bear by Hannah Gold and Levi Pinfold (49215935)
The Last Bear by Hannah Gold and Levi Pinfold (49215935)

Guardians of the Planet by Clive Gifford and Jonathan Woodward

This environmentally positive book contains everything children need to become guardians of the planet.

Kids can learn how to become keepers of the coasts, friends of the forests, home heroes and much more through a mix of compelling facts, creative activities and proactive tips.

Key environmental topics are clearly explained and the easy-to-follow projects and suggestions help to put the issues in an everyday context.

From reusing clothes and composting food to reducing water waste and giving wildlife a helping hand, this book will encourage children to engage with environmental problems and inspire them to take care of our wonderful planet.

Guardians of the Planet by Clive Gifford and Jonathan Woodward (49215964)
Guardians of the Planet by Clive Gifford and Jonathan Woodward (49215964)


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