ZOO animals could be sneaking into the town's libraries as part of this year's summer reading challenge.

The event will see children aged four to 11 reading books with the theme of animal secret agents over the school holidays.

Youngsters who manage to finish six or more stories will win a medal and a certificate for their hard work.

They could also win the chance to become a keeper for the day at Walton Hall Gardens and Zoo.

And Chester Zoo staff will be holding workshops at Woolston and Stockton Heath libraries to help children learn about nocturnal creatures and African animals.

Chris Everett, senior LiveWire advisor for reading, said: “Children's reading can dip during the long summer holidays. 

“The annual Summer Reading Challenge helps get three quarters of a million children into libraries each year to keep up their reading skills and confidence.

“This year’s theme provides lots of fun for children to not just improve their reading skills, but also to act as mini detectives. 

“To celebrate this theme, we’re really excited to be working with partners across Cheshire to bring some fantastic activities to libraries across the borough.”

Every child who takes part in the free challenge will receive a fold-up wallet with collector stickers created by best-selling illustrator Tony Ross.

Secret message pens, magnifying glasses and bookmarks are also up for grabs.

Activities take part at libraries across the town through August and for more information visit livewirewarrington.co.uk/library.