Summer Reading Challenge

The Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge has now come to an end. Congratulations to everyone who took part; this year we had 10,000 4 to 12 year olds join in the fun!

The Summer Reading Challenge will return next year, so keep an eye out, from Spring 2018, for more information.

Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge 2017

Join in with the Summer Reading Challenge

Why should I join in?

Studies have shown that children’s reading can ‘dip’ through the long summer holidays if they don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure. The annual Summer Reading Challenge aims to get children reading for enjoyment and promote the use of the fabulous resource that is their local library.

How do I join in?

Just pop along to your local library from the 15 July and sign up. If you don’t have a library card you can become a member on the day or anytime before. You don’t need to bring any identification, but under 16’s will need their parent’s permission. Once you have a library card you can collect your free collector folder and start borrowing straight away and access a wonderful world of books and audio books, as well as our free e-Reads & audio such as e-books, e-comics and e-magazines.

How does the challenge work?

The challenge is to read six library books over the summer and collect special collector cards along the way. When six books have been read they earn a finishers certificate and medal. It’s fun, it’s local and best of all, it’s FREE.

Free activities

All libraries are running a series of free events and activities for children this summer alongside the Summer Reading Challenge. Check the events calendar for times and dates. Our events are popular so booking will be essential.
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Aged 14 plus? Why not spend some time this summer volunteering at your local library to help out with the Summer Reading Challenge? It’s a great chance to meet new people, gain experience in working with children and it looks great on your CV or UCAS form. All of our Summer Reading Challenge volunteers also get a free goody bag and are guaranteed a fantastic volunteering experience. Ask at your local library for more information or visit our Get Involved Hub for more details and to apply.

Find out more

For more Animal Agents activities you can visit the official Animal Agents website and for general information about the Summer Reading Challenge 2017 visit The Reading Agency website.

The Summer Reading Challenge is produced annually by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries.

Illustrations © Tony Ross 2017
Photos © Dale Cherry 2017 for The Reading Agency.

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