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Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Challenge

Children in East Sussex are being enlisted to help a team of ‘animal agents’ as this year’s Summer Reading Challenge gets underway. Youngsters are being tasked with joining creatures furry, scaly and slippery, who are out to crack a case at the local library with the help of their friends.

The annual challenge, which involved more than three quarters of a million children last year, encourages youngsters aged four to 11 to read six library books during the summer holidays.

They receive a sticker – some emitting mysterious smells – for each library book they read, filling up their collector’s folder, with illustrations by bestselling illustrator Tony Ross, and helping their animal pals crack the case.

Cllr Bill Bentley, East Sussex County Council lead member for communities and safety, said: “Every year, the Summer Reading Challenge does a great job in encouraging children to keep reading during the summer holidays.

“The animal agents theme is a great way of capturing their imagination, fuelling their love of reading and keeping their literacy skills sharp during the long, hot days of summer.”

To help schools promote the challenge, the council has produced a video telling the story of the evil Agent Z’s attempt to sabotage the scheme with a secret device that sucks all the ink out of library books. It can be viewed here.


Children who complete the Summer Reading Challenge will be entered in a competition to win a Kobo eReader which they can use to borrow thousands of eBooks from the East Sussex eLibrary.

More information is available online at East Sussex Libraries.

Posted 16:33 Thursday, Aug 3, 2017 In: Literature

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