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Children invited to join Animal Agents at Rutland libraries

Date Published: 31 July 2017
Child reading with parent

Libraries across Rutland 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 children aged between four and 11 to borrow and read any six library books during the summer holidays, a time when children’s literacy skills traditionally dip.

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. 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. 

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 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’s a whole programme of events and activities planned at Rutland County Council libraries for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge, including free story and craft sessions, as well as a clever creature event at Rutland County Museum, where children aged 5-12 years old can enjoy listening to stories and meet live animals. Just contact your local library or go to www.rutland.gov.uk/libraries to find out how to take part.

“The Summer Reading Challenge is always a big hit with our younger library users and last year our libraries saw over 300 children signing up and taking part. The challenge encourages children to continue reading throughout the summer holidays and helps keep them on track with their literacy skills ready for their return to school in September.”Councilor Alan Walters, Portfolio Holder for Culture 

 “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."Sue Wilkinson, CEO, The Reading Agency


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