THE popular ‘Summer Reading Challenge’ is back at libraries in Sandwell and this year children can hunt for buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers.

Encouraging children aged four to 11 to read six library books during the long school summer holiday, the annual challenge is this year themed as ‘Mischief Makers’.

The challenge for 2018 will be inspired by the much-loved children's title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary.

Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers. Dennis, Gnasher and friends will help them solve clues and collect stickers, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.

Councillor Simon Hackett, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for children's services, said: “Reading is important all year round, not just during school term time.

“Children who read for pleasure have higher literacy levels and achieve better results at school, so our libraries are great places for children to come along, choose some great books and really learn to love reading.

“The Summer Reading Challenge helps make sure children's reading doesn’t dip during the holidays and I would encourage all families to pop along to their local library and get involved.”

For more information about the challenge, visit, call 0121 569 4911 or go to your local library.