West Berkshire Council

Become an Animal Agent in this year's Summer Reading Challenge

Fancy yourself as a super sleuth? Then come and take part in the Animal Antics Summer Reading Challenge at your local West Berkshire library.

Issued on: 13 July 2017.

If you're aged between 4 and 11 years old then join Bart the Bloodhound, Slip and Slide the Charming Snake Twins, Bernice the Bear and Daisy the Rabbit as you collect clues along the way to solve the crime and have fun reading during the summer holidays.

It's completely free to take part and once you've registered you simply need to read six books of your choice and write a little comment about it on your Animal Agents reading log.

Each time you visit the library with your updated reading log you'll collect stickers, some rather pongy ones, all illustrated beautifully by the UK's best selling children's illustrator, Tony Ross, who illustrates the very popular Horrid Henry series.

Everyone who completes the challenge will receive a certificate and a medal plus a voucher for a child to visit Beale Wildlife Park

Dominic Boeck, West Berkshire Council's executive member for Culture and Libraries, said; 'Each year the Summer Reading Challenge proves extremely popular with local families. Last year nearly 4000 children took part across West Berkshire reading 126,812 books between them. Statistics show that access to a wide range of books from an early age encourages a love of reading and improves literacy skills. This is a fantastic way to encourage children to both enjoy reading and use their local library.'

Parents and carers don't have to miss out on all the fun, take up the Grown-Ups2! challenge and read 3 books over the summer for the chance to win a Wi-Fi tablet. There's also a mini challenge in libraries for children under 4 years old too.

To find out more information log on to the Summer Reading Challenge website and create an Animal Agent's profile, chat about the books, and choose the next book to read using the online Booksorter.

You can also visit our West Berkshire Libraries website to find out more information about this and other events going.