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Stockton children invited to join the free Summer Reading Challenge

Friday, July 7, 2017

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STOCKTON-on-Tees Borough Council’s Libraries Service is calling for children aged between four and 11 to join the Animal Agents and take on the Summer Reading Challenge 2017.

Children who sign up at their local library are asked to read six library books over the summer holidays and will receive a special collector folder when they join.

This year’s theme is Animal Agents and children are being encouraged to join forces with the crime-cracking team and help them catch a crafty crook.

They will collect special stickers after reading each book to help them complete their folder and anyone who completes the challenge is presented with a certificate and a medal - as well as being entered into a prize draw!

This year’s challenge gets underway on Saturday 15 July across all Stockton Libraries.

Tony Ross, the UK’s bestselling children’s illustrator, has created this year’s exclusive branding for the challenge which can be viewed at the official website – - and is best known for creating the Little Princess books and for his illustrations of the Horrid Henry series.

Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “This is a fantastic initiative to keep children interested in reading and stories and to keep their minds active over the summer break.

“The Summer Reading Challenge is designed to have maximum appeal to children, it is not a competition but a personal challenge for them and one that we hope will offer inspiration and incentives to encourage children into using their local library this summer and beyond.

“Drop in to any Stockton Borough library over the summer and join in! It’s fun, friendly and totally free.”

For more information about the Summer Reading Challenge, visit

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