Animal Agents

Sensory Stories bring this year's Summer Reading Challenge to life

child sat at a table using a communication aid

Everyone can take part in this year's Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge, even non-readers. 

Sensory stories a great way for reluctant and non-readers to access the world of literature. Stories are brought to life using touch, sound, smell, taste, and are a lot of fun too. Popular titles such as, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’; ‘Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?’; ‘The Gruffalo’ and many more are available to borrow through Essex Libraries.

Many libraries across Essex are also offering Sensory Storytime.  These sessions are great fun,  they complement the Summer Reading Challenge and count towards the child’s book total too!

To help children with a communication difficulty and shy or reluctant talkers each library is equipped with a variety of communication aids such as, Story Sequencers, Go Talks and Talking Mats.  All of these aids enable the child to say something about their book and what they thought of it without the pressure of speaking to a stranger.

Chelmsford, Basildon and Loughton libraries all boast  fully interactive sensory walls which are open for public use at specific times during the week, or can be booked for a private session.

Harlow, Great Baddow, Clacton, Colchester and Chigwell libraries have a range of sensory toys and soft play items which can be used during your visit. 

For more information about the inclusive activities and Sensory Storytimes please contact Cathy Garrington at


small child playing knobs and dials on a sensory wall
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