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Summer Reading Challenge 2017

Boy with Summer Reading Challenge certificate

Key dates: 15 July to 9 September 2017

What is the Summer Reading Challenge?

The Summer Reading Challenge is a popular and successful reading initiative for 4 to 12 year olds.

Last year more than 5,000 children in Central Bedfordshire read almost 70,000 books. Let’s see if we can beat that this year!

It is created and run by the Reading Agency (link opens in new window), an independent charity working to inspire more people to read, and to read more. It's supported by children's publishers.

How does the challenge work?

The Summer Reading Challenge is simple. Children are encouraged to read books of their choice during the holidays with collectable incentives and rewards, plus a certificate for every child who completes the challenge. 0 - 3 year olds can also take part in a mini-Summer Reading Challenge.

This year's Summer Reading Challenge is Animal Agents.

Meet the awesome Animal Agents you’ll find sleuthing their way into libraries this summer.

Join the challenge from Saturday 15 July at your local library, read library books and collect rewards along the way, including mysterious smelling stickers. Animal Agents is a must for all eagle-eyed kids and will test their skills and ingenuity along the way.

Become a volunteer Reading Hack, if you're aged 13 to 24 and are interested in inspiring young people to read.

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