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Children invited to join Animal Agents at Wirral libraries!

Wirral libraries 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 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books during the summer holidays, to boost children’s literacy skills.

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 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!

Cllr Phillip Brightmore, Wirral Council’s Cabinet member for Environment said, “The Summer Reading Challenge is such an important event, and one we love to celebrate in Wirral. Reading is a key part of children’s learning, not only does it enhance their literacy levels, it improves concentration and can teach children about the world around them. This is a great opportunity to ensure that reading habits don’t drop off during the summer, and we know from last year’s events how much fun families and children had taking part.”

Last year, 4,496 Wirral children received certificates for taking part in The Big Friendly Read, based on the works of Roald Dahl.  2,312 children read six books or more and received a Big Friendly Read medal.

Animal Agents is running in our libraries until Thursday September 9.

There’s a whole programme of events and activities planned at Wirral libraries for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge. Wirral’s libraries are hosting 120 activities across Wirral this summer. They range from story time and craft sessions, Moo Music to puppet shows, and the Moonshine Owls to the Chester Zoo Safari Rangers Workshops, all with an animal element. There is something for children of all ages.

Contact your local library or go to to find out how to take part.