Animal Agents – Children’s Summer Reading Challenge 2017

Organised by The Reading Agency ( and the UK public library network since 1999, the Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest annual reading promotion for children aged 4 to 11. Last year, in Wokingham Borough, 2500 children took part.

The Summer Reading Challenge combines FREE access to books with fun, creative activities in the library during the summer holidays. Throughout the Challenge, library staff and teenage volunteers support the children, helping them to discover new authors and to explore a wide range of different types of books and ways of reading,

How the Challenge works

  • Children sign up at their local library
  • Children borrow and read at least six library books of their own choice during the summer and receive an Animal Agents collector folder and collect special stickers to complete their folder
  • Library staff and teenage volunteers are on hand to advise and run family-friendly activities –  Lots of events will be running in our  libraries, please visit the following site for more information:
  • Children who complete the Summer Reading Challenge are presented with a certificate and a medal

How do schools benefit?

  • The Summer Reading Challenge is intrinsically inclusive and can contribute to the achievement of ALL your pupils
  • It enhances and supports your school’s reading policy and your mission for all children to read more widely and for pleasure
  • It encourages parental engagement and family involvement in reading and helps your school make links with the library and the wider community
  • It can be the start of a child’s reading journey and prevent the tendency for children’s reading to dip over the holidays
  • It takes place at your local library and is a brilliant opportunity for extra-curricular activity

You can also download a special school resource pack full of fun, creative ideas and activities to inspire children and families to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge at:

We can also arrange to visit your school to tell pupils more about taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge or even present a special assembly, outlining how we will be running the Challenge locally.  We are now booking for assembly visits to promote the summer reading challenge from Monday June 26th to Friday July 21st, so please contact Elizabeth McDonald on (0118) 9743709 or e-mail to arrange a visit.

By championing the Summer Reading Challenge in your school, you will be continuing to support your pupils’ learning during the holidays, ensuring they return ready for a great start to the new academic year.


It’s FUN!    It’s FREE!    It’s LOCAL!


Visit from Chestnuts Pre-School at Wokingham Library

Chestnuts Pre-school visited Wokingham Library on Tuesday June 13.

chestnuts pre-school visit june 2017

The children learned what they can do in the library, how the books are arranged and how to take out library books using the new self-service machines.

The children then listened to the following stories :

  • A busy day for birds by Lucy Cousins
  • Some Birds by Matt Spink
  • Everybunny Dance by Ellie Sandall

The children then made bunny ears and we finished the session with the Sleepy bunnies rhyme and lots of hopping and bouncing.

Early Years Library sessions

We offer library visits to all early years’ settings, pre-schools and nurseries. The children can exchange books and listen to a story in the safe and secure surroundings of the library.  Activity sheets which reflect the story/topic can also be provided.

We also offer any Children’s Groups – Nurseries, Early Year setting, Home Educators and Registered Childminders a separate Library ticket.  Just ask in your local library for more information.