Shropshire Council

Animal Agents: Summer Reading Challenge 2017

29 June 2017 Last updated at 04:11

Reading Agency and Shropshire Libraries are delighted to present the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge, Animal Agents - a whole host of clever creatures, ready to solve all kinds of crimes! This band of furry, slippery and feathered friends is specially trained to use their skills and natural instincts to unravel mysteries – with a huge helping of fun along the way.

 The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. Children sign up at their local library, and collect incentive prizes for every two books they read. When they complete their six books, they receive a special Summer Reading Challenge medal and certificate, all completely free of charge! Registration also provides access to a special Animal Agents website where children and parents can log on at home to continue the fun.

Councillor Lezley Picton, the Portfolio holder for Leisure and Culture said:

‘Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during summer holidays, so making reading fun is a great way for children and adults to discover or rekindle love of reading this summer.’

To support Animal Agents, Summer Reading Challenge 2017, Shropshire Libraries have made it possible for adults and teenagers to join in the challenge with The Big Summer of Reading 2017.  With a prize draw and incentives for those who have read 4 books, reading will be all the rage this summer in Shropshire.

Registration opens from Saturday 15th of July, and parents can keep an eye out for special Summer Reading Challenge activities and events over the summer too. You can check what is going on at your local library at or alternatively you can ask library staff for details. Most events will be first come first served so book early to avoid disappointment.

There is no other free reading activity that involves so many children, introduces families to their library, encourages children to choose books freely and independently and is endorsed by parents, teachers and the Department for Education. To find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge, or any of the Reading Agency’s literary campaigns, visit or