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Join the Animal Agents for the Library Summer Reading Challenge

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge invites children from Stone to join the Animal Agents.

The Stone’s 4-11 year-olds are being challenged by Staffordshire’s library Service to borrow and read any six library books during the summer holidays. This year’s theme is Animal Agents, based on a detective agency staffed by all kinds of clever animals – furry, scaly and slippery – who are out to crack a case at the library with a little help from their friends.

Felicity Young takes on the Summer Reading Challenge

As children read their library books over the summer, they collect stickers which will help them crack the clues and help the Animal Agents find out what’s really been going on behind the scenes! To take part in the challenge, all children need to do is to head to their local library where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their reading journey.

Gill Heath, Libraries Chief at Staffordshire County Council said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is always incredibly popular amongst our young readers and this year’s campaign sounds even more fun.

“Reading is the perfect way for youngsters to let their imaginations run wild and keep the boredom at bay during the six week holiday.  The challenge is great news for moms and dads too, as it provides a free source of entertainment and it’s educational, so it’s a win – win for everyone.  Each year we also get lots of volunteers helping out, so once again, I’d like to pass on a big thanks to them too.”

The creator of this year’s exclusive artwork is Tony Ross, the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator (creator of the Little Princess books, illustrator of the Horrid Henry series by Francesca Simon, and of books by David Walliams and Claire Balding).

Sue Wilkinson, CEO, The Reading Agency, said: “At The Reading Agency, we believe that everything changes when we read and we know from our research how much fun families and children have when taking part in the Challenge. This year we hope the wonderful characters created for us by Tony Ross will inspire more children than ever to take part and make use of their local library throughout the summer and beyond.”

Animal Agents runs throughout the summer with a range of events and activities planned in the county’s libraries.  The campaign finishes on 11 September and people can find out more at their local library or at


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