ST Helens libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of the national Summer Reading Challenge.

The theme for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge is Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children's title Beano, which celebrates its 80th anniversary.

To take part children need to sign up at their nearest library where they will be given a colourful collector’s map of Beanotown to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.

As children read library books they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells.

By adding these stickers to their map, young readers will help Dennis, Gnasher and friends solve clues and discover the treasure, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.

St Helens Council’s cabinet member for community based and focused services, Cllr Anthony Burns, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is one of – if not - the biggest events on the library services’ calendar which has seen thousands of children take part in over the years.

“Reading is such a wonderful gift that can significantly enhance a child’s learning development, so it would be great to see a good number of youngsters take part in this rewarding and fun initiative once again.”

Mischief Makers launches in libraries on Wednesday, July 11 and will run until Saturday, September 1.

Go to any St Helens library or visit to take part.