Get ready for the Gadgeteers, coming to libraries across Kent

KCC Library Service is delighted to present Gadgeteers, the theme for this year’s summer reading challenge for young people

Children are invited to join the Gadgeteers – Aisha, Eddie, Leo, Maggie, James and Ajay – to discover the amazing science and innovation behind the world around them.

Kent Libraries and The Reading Agency join forces with the Science Museum Group for a special science-themed challenge that will inspire kids to use their imaginations and creativity.

Gadgeteers will feature amazing books, awesome rewards, and lots of ideas for cool experiments and activities to discover and explain the science around us. The challenge will be produced by renowned children’s writer and illustrator Julian Beresford.

Kids can learn more about the Gadgeteers and their special skills by signing up and reading six library books during the summer time. They can read anything from the library, including stories, information books, audio books, e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines and more. When they have read their six books and completed the summer reading challenge, they will receive a medal and a certificate (while supplies last). And everything is free.

The challenge runs until September 10 and children can choose to enter either by visiting a library in Kent to claim their entry pack or by visiting to participate online.

Mike Hill, KCC Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services, said: “After two difficult years due to the pandemic and its impact on children and their families, the Summer Reading Challenge 2022 is more important than ever for support children in their learning, reading skills and much more.

“The Gadgeteers celebrate adventure, friendship, reading and fun while helping kids discover science all around them.

“They have all summer to take on the challenge and we would like as many children as possible to participate.”

Despite the pandemic, nearly 12,000 children participated in Wild World Heroes in 2021, either by visiting a library or registering online.

Here are some of the many positive comments received from parents:

“My kids have special needs with ADHD and dyslexia and both are below their reading age. But the reading challenges help them read books they wouldn’t see in school.

“The children enjoyed the reading challenge, encouraged them to read together and collect their prize. It taught them to read themselves and to listen to stories.

To find out more about Gadgeteers at any library in Kent visit’s dedicated Summer Reading Challenge page or follow the Kent Libraries’ social media pages – Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – to find out more about the Gadgeteers and all the exciting events and activities happening this summer in Kent Libraries.

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