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Paws for thought as Summer Reading Challenge begins

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26 July 2017

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Enfield Council are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Animal Agents, the Summer Reading Challenge 2017.

  • Summer Reading Challenge launched in Enfield
  • Campaign asks children to read six books before the end of summer
  • The initiative helps children remain interested in reading whilst not at school

Enfield Council are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Animal Agents, the Summer Reading Challenge 2017.

The challenge lasts until Saturday 16th September, and asks four to 12 year olds to borrow and read any six library books during the summer holidays, a time when children traditionally read less.

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 to head to their local library (except Edmonton Green which is temporarily closed for refurbishment, Angel Raynham and Millfield), where they will be given a library card, (if they do not already have one), and 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! After reading two books they will receive a chatterbox paper game, after reading four books they receive a keyring and after reading six they will receive a certificate and a medal.

Each child who joins tells us which school they are from, and at the end of the challenge the school with the greatest percentage of joiners to completers will win a trophy for their school.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services & Protection, Cllr Ayfer Orhan, said: “During the challenge, children are encouraged to read six or more library books of their choice in the summer holidays collecting rewards along the way as they read each book. There is a certificate and medal for every child who completes the challenge.

“We’re committed to promoting fairness for all, and encouraging children from all walks of life to get involved in this wonderful free initiative. We want to encourage children to love, cherish and devour books when they are young as reading is a tremendously rewarding and enriching activity.

“This is all about making reading fun and establishing a good habit for life.”

Sue Wilkinson, CEO, The Reading Agency, said: “At The Reading Agency, we believe that everything changes when we read and we know from our research how much fun families and children have when taking part in the Challenge.

"This year we hope the wonderful characters created for us by Tony Ross will inspire more children than ever to take part and make use of their local library throughout the summer and beyond."

To find out more about library services go here: https://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/libraries/