Beano named as theme for library-based 2018 Summer Reading Challenge

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Beano Studios is continuing to ramp up activity surrounding the comic’s 80th anniversary next year, and Beano has been named the creative theme for the Summer Reading Challenge 2018.

The Summer Reading Challenge, organised by the Reading Agency and run in partnership with the UK public library network, has taken place annually since 1999, aims to help children to retain their reading skills and confidence while school is out.

The campaign, which has a different creative theme each year sees three quarters of a million children take part in the reading initiative each year. This year’s Challenge, which launched last week in Scotland and starts next month in England and Wales, has the theme of “Animal Agents”, illustrated by Tony Ross, illustrator of the Horrid Henry series.

Children are challenged to read at least six library books over the school holidays and collect incentives, such as stickers, along the way to earn their final challenge certificate and medal.

2018 will see the Challenge focus on mischief and pranks, as inspired by the much-loved Beano, the comic also celebrating its 80th anniversary next year.

“We are incredibly proud to be the 2018 partner for the Summer Reading Challenge,” says Emma Scott, CEO at Beano Studios.

“The Challenge is an exciting way to keep children reading, via their local library, over the summer holidays and we at Beano know how to make reading and storytelling fun, whether it’s laughing at our iconic comics and annuals or engaging with our online content on

Beano has been in homes and libraries for 80 years and we hope this partnership will continues to inspire the next generation of artists and storytellers.”

“The Summer Reading Challenge is designed to make reading fun for children and their families, encouraging them to keep reading over the long summer break,” commented Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency.

“This remarkable programme was started in 1999, so 2018 will be the 20th Summer Reading Challenge and we are delighted to be partnering with Beano to celebrate it special milestone.

“We hope this partnership will spark the imagination of families up and down the country and encourage them to head to their libraries over the summer.”

Most libraries in Scotland started the Challenge last week, on Saturday 17 June 2017. Most libraries in England and Wales will start the Challenge on Saturday 15 July 2017

• Find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge

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• The Reading Agency –


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