Be an Animal Agent - get reading this summer!

Release Date: 27 July 2017

Youngsters are being invited to get reading as part of the national Summer Reading Challenge and become an ‘Animal Agent’.

The event takes place throughout the school holidays and challenges 4 to11-year-olds to read at least six books during their summer break in order to earn rewards.

This year’s Animal Agents theme includes artwork by the UKs best-selling children’s illustrator Tony Ross. The storyline features a detective agency manned by all kinds of clever animals who are investigating some strange goings-on at the local library. Children are invited to help the agents to solve the mystery.

Those who take part will receive a colourful fold up collector folder and a character sticker for every book they read. Each sticker reveals a new clue to help children solve the mystery. Those who complete the challenge receive a certificate featuring artwork from Tony Ross. 

Youngsters can sign up at their local library to receive an Animal Agents collector folder. The challenge is open to anyone aged between 4-11 years old, with a library card, and taking part is absolutely free! The promotion ends on 9 September.

Cllr David Linnette, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Libraries, said:

“Our summer reading challenge is always hugely popular, with a total of 4,285 children starting the challenge last year and 3,106 completing it, borrowing over 19,000 items during the school summer holidays. Some children struggle at first when they return to school in September after the long summer break, so this is a great way to maintain their reading skills during the holidays.

“Children can read whatever they like - fact books, joke books, picture books, story books -just as long as they are borrowed from the library. I would encourage families to visit their local library this summer to find out more about how they can take part.”

Notes for editors

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Reference: P355/17

Updated: 31 July 2017