Children from across Staffordshire are invited to join Animal Agents as part of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Staffordshire’s library Service are backing the campaign and are asking the county’s 4-11 year-olds to borrow and read any six library books during the summer holidays.

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.

To take part in the challenge, all children need to do is to head to their local library where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their reading journey.  As children read their 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!

Gill Heath, Libraries Chief at Staffordshire County Council said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is always incredibly popular amongst our young readers and this year’s campaign sounds even more fun.

“Reading is the perfect way for youngsters to let their imaginations run wild and keep the boredom at bay during the six week holiday.  The challenge is great news for moms and dads too, as it provides a free source of entertainment and it’s educational, so it’s a win – win for everyone.  Each year we also get lots of volunteers helping out, so once again, I’d like to pass on a big thanks to them too.”

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.

Animal Agents runs throughout the summer with a range of events and activities planned in the county’s libraries.  The campaign finishes on 11 September and people can find out more at their local library or at