Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place during the school holidays every summer at a library near you.

The challenge, aimed at 4 to 11 year-olds, is to read six or more library books over the summer.  Each year's challenge has a different theme.

Summer Reading Challenge 2017

This year children join with the Animal Agents, a very special detective agency run by a whole host of clever creatures, to help them crack a tricky case.  

Animal Agents will be must for all eagle-eyed young readers, putting their skills and ingenuity to the test… Read the books, catch the crook!

Keep your eyes peeled!  The Animal Agents will be sleuthing into all Inspire libraries from Saturday 15 July until Sunday 10 September.

The Summer Reading Challenge is produced by The Reading Agency and runs in libraries all over the country.   

Children who take part:

  • are more enthusiastic about reading
  • maintain their reading level over the holidays
  • return to schools’ keen and ready to learn
  • boost their confidence and self-esteem.

It’s fun and totally free. Find out more here.

Illustrations ©Tony Ross for The Reading Agency

Tell us what you think

If your family is taking part in Animal Agents this year, we’d really like to find out what you think of the Challenge.

There are comments slips available in all the libraries and The Reading Agency have a short survey to complete.

Please give us your feedback to help us make sure the Summer Reading Challenge is as good as it can be.


There are lots of Animal Agents related events planned in libraries this summer. Selected events are listed below.  To find out about all the events happening at your library go to our What's On page.