Summer Reading Challenge

The theme for the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge is Animal Agents, illustrated by the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator Tony Ross.

Photos © Dale Cherry 2017 for The Reading Agency, with thanks to Newham Council and Calverton Primary School


This summer there’s something peculiar happening at the local library – and that’s where the Animal Agents come in!


From solving the case of the graffiti writing to the strange case of a missing lunch, children will join in the fun with the Animal Agents by reading along. As children read library books on the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive a host of stickers, some with mysterious smells. By collecting these clues in their detective folder, young readers will help the Animal Agents find out what’s really been going on behind the scenes!

The Suspects….


Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge 2017 is primarily aimed at 4-11 year olds and is simple and fun! Children sign up at their local library, and then read (or listen to) six library books to gain a medal* and certificate, collecting stickers along the way – all for FREE!


Pick up a funky Animal Agents wristband after three books* (subject to availability) and after 5 books collect a voucher for one free children’s DVD rental.


Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays if they don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure. This can be a problem for schools to put right in the new term, and The Reading Agency’s annual Summer Reading Challenge really helps by getting three quarters of a million children into libraries over the summer. There is no other free reading activity that involves so many children, introduces families to their library, encourages children to choose books freely and independently and is endorsed by parents, teachers and the department for education.

Animal Agents runs from Saturday 15th July until Saturday 2nd September 2017.*

*Please note, not all libraries are open on 15th July and 2nd September. To avoid disappointment, please check with your local library to find out when our  Summer Reading Challenge desks will be manned with volunteers who will be able to listen to talk to your child about their reading. We don’t want you to miss out when our listeners are not there, so, outside of these times, our staff will still be able to give out the incentives to your child but they may not be able to talk to them about their books as well. Library opening times can be found here.

Download the enrolment form here: Animal Agents Enrolment Form

Check out some great books for younger readers here: Recommended reading: younger collection

Check out some great summer reading for older children here:Recommended reading: older collection

Dyslexic, no problem. See our great collection here: Recommended reading for dyslexic and reluctant readers

Check out the Summer Reading Challenge website for all year round fun!

The Animal Agents (Illustrations ©Tony Ross for The Reading Agency)

Animal Agents is produced by The Reading Agency, and delivered by libraries.

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*Not suitable for ages 3 and under

The Reading Agency is an independent charity with a mission to give everyone an equal chance in life by helping people become confident and enthusiastic readers. It is funded by the Arts Council, and has a formal partnership with public library services.

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