This summer, libraries across Kent are encouraging children to help solve a mystery.
It’s all part of the annual Summer Reading Challenge, for ages 4-11, promoted by The Reading Agency, a national charity which promotes reading.
Youngsters who visit a Kent library will receive a special folder which introduces the mystery and the Animal Agents who are trying to solve it.
The Challenge, which runs from 15 July to 16 September, is to read at least six books – of any type, by any author – over the summer and collect special stickers along the way.
The stickers have amazing artwork by Tony Ross, the illustrator and author of children’s picture books, including “I Don’t Want To Go To Bed”, “I Want Dinner” and “I Want A Sister”. However, he is probably best for illustrating the “Horrid Henry” series by Francesca Simon.
The stickers (pictured here), some of which have scratch and sniff smells, fit into the Animal Agents folder, and collecting them all solves the mystery.
On finishing, children receive a certificate and a medal. There are other Animal Agents themed incentives and activities as well. Children can check them out at their local library.
Lindsay Prestage, from KCC’s Libraries, Registration and Archives Service, said: “Across the country, The Reading Agency’s annual Summer Reading Challenge gets three quarters of a million children into libraries to maintain their reading skills and confidence.
“Last year nearly 18,000 Kent children took up the challenge, and we hope to beat that this year.”
Find out more on the website www.animal-agents.org.uk
Contact your local library for information on local events and activities that support the challenge.