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Summer Reading Challenge

The Reading Agency and Libraries Present Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge 2020

The Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge 2020

The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual event delivered by public libraries across the UK. Produced by the Reading Agency, it is designed to encourage children aged 4-11 years continue their reading during the summer holiday break from school and discover the adventures that can be had with reading for pleasure.

This year, due to the impact of COVID-19, Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge 2020 will be delivered online from June to September and will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter.

How to sign up and why

Children can join The Silly Squad online from Friday 5 June 2020 when it officially launches nationally. Simply visit the Silly Squad website (opens in a new window) to register.

As part of the national launch on Friday 5 June, a whole host of virtual (super silly!) curated events with guest celebrities and authors will take place online. The Silly Squad will then be available to access until September, featuring games, quizzes and digital and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children and their families to take part in the reading challenge at home.

Worcestershire Libraries will be supporting and motivating children participating in the challenge by delivering a programme of online SRC themed events and activities over the summer. Join the dedicated 'Summer Reading Challenge group' on Worcestershire Libraries Facebook page (opens in a new window) to #getsilly!

This year's theme offers families a chance to have fun and just "GET SILLY!", with children being encouraged to read anything that makes them happy. Whether it be a comic, joke book, poetry, fiction or non-fiction, junior library members can use books they already have at home or access a wide range of ebooks from our digital library using the borrowbox app, including a new ‘Silly Squad’ collection (The Reading Agency website, opens in a new window) purchased specifically to support the reading challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4-11 to read during the long summer holiday with research showing that children's reading can 'dip' severely during the summer if they do not have regular access to books. With school life disrupted during COVID-19 lockdown and many children missing the company of their friends, this year's Summer Reading Challenge will be all the more vital as a way of helping parents and carers find fun, family-friendly activities, maintain literacy levels and create a safe space for children to connect with their peers.

Please note: Worcestershire libraries advise parental supervision when Junior library members access the digital library to download ebooks and eaudio. All library members have access to all content. It is the responsibility of parents/carers to ensure that any content downloaded for use by children is appropriate for the age of their child.

Find out more information about The Reading agency go to the Reading Agency website (opens in a new window).