Children invited to join Animal Agents at East Ayrshire libraries

East Ayrshire Leisure libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Animal Agents, the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland 2017.

Since 2011 Tesco Bank has sponsored the Summer Reading Challenge in Scotland where it is known as The Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland. In 2016 over 43,000 children (aged 4-11) took part across 30 Scottish authorities.

This year's theme:-

This year’s Challenge 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 where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their reading journey.  As children read library books over the summer, they will collect stickers to add to their folder (some are really smelly!). These clues will help young readers crack the case and help the Animal Agents find out what's really been going on behind the scenes!

In East Ayrshire:-

Animal Agents launched in libraries across East Ayrshire in June with an Animal Agent themed Zoolab session at Auchinleck, Stewarton, Galston and the Dick Institute. There is also a Free Cat Care Talk at Cumnock Library where you can learn about cat behaviour or join in the crafts and storytelling sessions.

East Ayrshire Leisure’s Library Co-ordinator saidLast year nearly 400 children in East Ayrshire signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge. Our Zoolab sessions are all fully booked and 23 children attended the Zoolab Animal Agents launch in Auchinleck Library. We’ve also got the Cats Protection League visiting Cumnock Library on 13th July for fun and informative storytelling and craft sessions.”


Contact your local library or go to the Summer Reading Page at to find out how to take part.


Children can find new books to read, win some great book prizes and share recommendations with other readers on our safe, child-friendly and moderated website.