BANKIE children get to play super sleuths to solve a series of mysteries in this year’s summer reading challenge.

West Dunbartonshire libraries will host youngsters taking up the goal of reading six library books during the summer holidays.

Children will be introduced to the “Animal Agents” characters created by UK bestselling illustrator Tony Ross. The free challenge is for all primary-aged children – and their younger siblings can join in through the Bookbug reading challenge.

Children who are not members can register at any West Dunbartonshire library and will receive an Animal Agents collector’s folder.

For every book read kids will be given a collector’s sticker to help them solve the animal detectives’ mystery, and will receive other incentives and goodies along the way. Kids who complete the challenge by borrowing and reading a minimum of six library books will receive a certificate and medal which will be presented to them at a special school assembly.

The school with the most pupils who completed the reading challenge will be awarded the West Dunbartonshire Summer Reading Challenge Championship.

Councillor Karen Conaghan, the council’s convener of educational services, said: “This challenge is a great, fun way to keep the kids entertained over the holidays and encouraging them to be active members of their library.

“Reading books is a great way for both adults and children to relax and there’s nothing more pleasurable than being engrossed in a good book over the holidays. I hope to see as many West Dunbartonshire youngsters as possible taking on the challenge this summer.”

To find out what’s on in your local library over the holidays visit or search for wdclibraries on Facebook.