Coventry Libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Animal Agents, the Summer Reading Challenge 2017.
The Summer Reading Challenge asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read six library books during the summer holidays, a time when children’s literacy skills traditionally dip.
This year’s wild 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.
Cllr Kevin Maton, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is a fantastic way of getting children to keep reading over the summer holidays. The Animal Agents theme looks like great fun. We’ll also be getting young people involved as volunteers in libraries, and we’ve got a preschool challenge for younger readers.”
To take part in Animal Agents, 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. As children read at least six library books over four visits to the library in 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! There are also other incentives to collect along the way.
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), has created this year’s exclusive artwork.
Animal Agents launches in libraries across Coventry on Saturday 15 July and runs until Monday 4 September.
There’s a whole programme of events and activities planned at Coventry Libraries for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge. Go to www.coventry.gov.uk/src to find out how to take part or contact your local library.
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."