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Summer Reading Challenge 2017

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Every year, thousands of families all over the country take part in the UK’s biggest reading event for children in libraries, the Summer Reading Challenge, run by the charity The Reading Agency. The aim of the challenge is to get children to read any six books of their choice from their library during the summer holidays and most libraries around the UK will be taking part.

This year’s theme is “Animal Agents” and children are challenged to read six library books over the summer and return to the library to tell the staff about them. Children can read anything they wish, including story books, fact books, talking books, and even e-books.

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 will receive a medal and a certificate.

The Summer Reading Challenge kicked off on 15th July in England and Wales and 17th June in Scotland. There is no official end date for the Challenge so check with your local library to find out when the Challenge will finish in your area.

It’s free to take part; so visit your local library to to collect a starter pack, while stocks last and log onto the Summer Reading Challenge website to create a profile to track progress and for more, fun, games, competitions and book recommendations.

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