Posted: Friday 30th June 2017
This summer, go wild for a mysterious reading adventure at your library!
Animal Agents, Summer Reading Challenge 2017 will launch in all Hertfordshire libraries on Saturday 15 July.
Overseen by The Reading Agency, the Summer Reading Challenge encourages children of all ages to develop their reading skills and confidence throughout the holidays, with plenty of rewards in store.
We’re challenging children to read six library books over the summer and return to the library to tell us about them. Children can read anything they wish, including story books, fact books, talking books, and even e-books (available to download for free from our e-library).
This year’s challenge will introduce young readers to an amazing team of crime-busting creatures designed by Tony Ross, the illustrator of Horrid Henry and many of David Walliams’ best-loved books. With the Animal Agents’ help, children will investigate a curious mystery and catch a crafty crook!
As children report back on what they have read, they’ll collect smelly stickers featuring all the clues they need to crack the case. Every child who finishes their six books by Saturday 9th September will receive a medal and a certificate, along with the chance to win a ticket to an exclusive author event during October half-term.
The Summer Reading Challenge kicks off on 15 July with a fun-filled Launch Event at Hemel Hempstead Library. Throughout the summer children can also visit www.animal-agents.org.uk for more games and surprises.
Best of all, it’s free to take part; all children need to do is visit their local library from 15th July to collect a starter pack, while stocks last. The challenge ends on 9th September.
A huge success with Hertfordshire families year after year, the Summer Reading Challenge is the perfect way to spark a lifelong love of reading for pleasure. As one parent commented in 2016, ‘My son loved doing the reading challenge, and I was thrilled that the challenge inspired him and improved his reading over the summer holidays. He’s now a bookworm!’
With 20,000 children taking part last year across Hertfordshire, would you want to miss out?
For further details, visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/libraries, call 0300 123 4049, or drop into your local library.
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Illustrations ©Tony Ross for The Reading Agency