Get Silly with the Summer Reading Challenge

The brightly coloured Silly Squad logo for this year's Summer Reading Challenge. It features a panda. Published Thursday, 4th June 2020

The Summer Reading Challenge is back and it’s time to join the Silly Squad.

Worcestershire Libraries are calling all children aged 4-11 years to join the ‘Silly Squad’ and take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

The Silly Squad website will 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.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a popular annual children’s event delivered by public libraries across the UK. Produced by the Reading Agency, it is designed to encourage children aged 4-11 years to continue reading during the summer holiday break from school.

This year’s Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge 2020 will be available online following widespread library closures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Junior library members can use books they already have at home or access a wide range of ebooks from the Worcestershire County Council digital library using the Borrowbox app.

The Digital library even has a Silly Squad collection to get you started with the challenge.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, cabinet member with responsibility for communities, at Worcestershire County Council said, “Reading is an important part of learning and education. We are delighted to still support the Summer Reading Challenge even during a time when our libraries are not operating in the usual way.

“Worcestershire Libraries will be supporting and motivating children taking part in the challenge with a series of online events and challenges and we hope to get as many children involved as possible!”

A launch party will be held on Friday 5th June at 4pm via the Summer Reading Challenge Facebook page.

The launch party features a host of authors, illustrators and celebrities sharing their favourite silly stories.

Children can join The Silly Squad online from Friday 5th June 2020 when it officially launches nationally. Simply visit sillysquad.org.uk to register.

For more info on the launch party visit Summer Reading Challenge on Facebook.

For more Summer Reading Challenge online events nearby please go to Worcestershire libraries Facebook page.

For more information regarding Worcestershire Libraries online services, events and activities visit our Digital Library Hub on the Council website.