Animal Agents: Summer Reading Fun For Your Children

News Things To Do | by | 18th Jul 2017

Animal Agents logo Summer Reading Challenge

Did you know that your library service run a free reading challenge for children over the summer holidays every year? Find out more about this year’s theme, what it involves and how to take part here.

Since 1999 most libraries in the UK run the Summer Reading Challenge run by the charity The Reading Agency with the help of the Welsh Books Council here in Wales. The challenge encourages children to read over the summer holidays.

Your children can sign up to the free challenge at your local library, if they are not members of the library yet then it is free to join and once they have they can enjoy borrowing books and taking part in lots of events that the libraries host throughout the year.

Special themes

There is a different theme to the summer challenge every year. Past themes over the last few years have included The Big Friendly Read, Record Breakers, Mythical Maze and Creepy House. This year’s theme is Animal Agents illustrated by Tony Ross.

The number of visits and books borrowed to complete the challenge can vary from county to county for example in Powys you need to read six books or more over the holidays but in Gwynedd you need to visit the library at least three times and read nine books. Find out at your local library (see links below).


Children that take part will get a reward each time they take out books until they have completed the challenge. Previous years have included some great gifts and smelly stickers and a certificate and medal when the challenge has been completed.

Check out the Summer Reading Challenge website where your children can find new book recommendations, competitions and games.

Take a look at your local county library service pages on Facebook* to see if they have any events going on related to the reading challenge or any other events for children and young people happening over the summer.
*If they don’t have a Facebook page we’ve linked to their page on the county council website.

Blaenau Gwent
Merthyr Tydfil
Neath Port Talbot
Rhondda Cynon Taf
Vale of Glamorgan


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