Sunday 17 September 2017 to Friday 17 November 2017

British Council Young Learners Centre is running the annual Reading Challenge, a programme which aims to encourage children to read more books. This year’s Reading Challenge is Animal Agents, illustrated by the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator Tony Ross.

2017 Reading Challenge ‘Animal Agents’

For 2017, there’s something peculiar happening at the British Council teaching centre – and that’s where the Animal Agents come in! It’s a detective agency manned by all kinds of clever animals – furry, scaly and slippery – and these guys are out to crack the case with a little help from their friends.

From solving the case of the graffiti writing to the strange case of a missing lunch, children will join in the fun with the Animal Agents by reading along. As children read books, they will receive a host of stickers, some with mysterious smells. By collecting the stickers on their collector folder, young readers will help the Animal Agents find out what’s really been going on behind the scenes and who is to blame! 

Animal Agents is a must for all eagle-eyed kids and will test their skills and ingenuity along the way. But with the Agents on their side, solving these mysteries comes with a large helping of fun!

What is the Reading Challenge?

The Reading Challenge is a programme co-ordinated by the Reading Agency which aims to encourage children to read more books. 

It is run in UK libraries during the summer holidays. A modified version is offered to British Council centres who run the Challenge in their libraries, teaching centres and in local schools across the globe. 

Every year the Reading Challenge has a different theme – this year it is ‘Animal Agents. The Challenge is supported by an interactive website with a range of children’s activities. The emphasis is on fun and enjoyment and the programme is very popular with children and parents.

British Council Reading Challenge

With the expansion of the Reading Challenge in the UK, a lot of British Council teaching centres in different countries run the Reading Challenge every year. Last year’s Reading Challenge (Roald Dahl) involved 35 offices in 19 countries, and reached thousands of children.