We're happy to announce this year's book collection for the Summer Reading Challenge 2017, Animal Agents. The book collection comprises 70 must-have reads for children aged 4-11, with something to suit every young reader. Many of the books in the collection are new titles which will be published this summer, and will be displayed in libraries during the Challenge.
There are two lists - one for younger children and one for older children - representing the best in contemporary children's fiction, fact and puzzle books, poetry, picture books and graphic novels.
The younger collection (ages 4-7)
The younger collection features a wonderful range of books, from the heart-warming Can I Join Your Club?, to the fascinating Prehistoric Actual Size. Emerging readers will enjoy Quentin Blake's The Story of the Dancing Frog, from dyslexia-friendly publisher Barrington Stoke, as well as the delightful new tale Mercy and the Hippo from Lauren St John and Nila Aye.
The younger collection includes plenty of picture books for the youngest participants - The New LiBEARian by author Alison Donald and illustrator Alex Willmore appears alongside How to Find Gold by the award-winning Viviane Schwarz, and Welcome - the latest title from Barroux.
Fans of puzzles and games will love Where's the Baboon? and Find Your Way: Under the Sea, while young fact-finders will enjoy Sea Otters from the DK Readers series. Naturally the Animal Agents collection wouldn't be complete without an appearance from Challenge illustrator Tony Ross; the younger list features a collaboration with Jeanne Willis, the picture book Boa's Bad Birthday, alongside a new title written by Michael Rosen, Barking for Bagels.
Have a look at the full list
The older collection (ages 8-11)
The older collection introduces readers to brilliant new voices in children's fiction including Jane Kerr, author of The Elephant Thief; Mark Powers, author of Spy Toys; and Melissa Savage, author of Bigfoot, Tobin and Me. Mysteries abound in The Ministry of Strange, Unusual and Impossible Things, the debut novel from Paul Gamble, and in Rose Raventhorpe Investigates: Black Cats and Butlers, by new author Janine Beecham. The list also features new books from comedians Nick Mohammed - The Young Magicians and the Thieves' Almanac - and Adrian Edmondson, author of Tilly and the Time Machine, guaranteeing plenty of fun for young readers this summer.
The older collection includes a great mix of writers with titles from favourites Meg Rosoff - Good Dog McTavish - and Guy Bass - Aiden Abet Teacher's Pet; Spynosaur. Readers of graphic novels will enjoy Dave Shelton's Good Dog Bad Dog: Double Identity, while Lesser Spotted Animals by Martin Brown and Real or Fake? from National Geographic are sure to amuse and amaze fans of non-fiction books.
Have a look at the full list
Selecting the books
Publishers from all over the UK sent us over 400 finished books, manuscripts, and top secret early proofs to consider for the 2017 collection. With help from librarians and children from Chatterbooks children's reading groups, we narrowed the submissions down to just 70 titles.
We have also released a collection of ten titles aimed at the 10,000 teenagers and young adults who are expected to support the Challenge at their local library through our young people's programme, Reading Hack.
Libraries can now order the book collections via their usual library supplier.
Visit the Summer Reading Challenge website for competitions, author videos and activities all year round.