About the ChallengeThe Summer Reading Challenge is an annual event aimed at 4 - 11 year olds. Children are encouraged to read books of their choice every week during the summer holidays with collectable incentives and rewards, plus a certificate for every child who completes the Challenge.
This year, with the disruption caused by Covid-19 and the impact of social distancing on schools and libraries, the all-new digital aspect of the Summer Reading Challenge is launching earlier than usual to keep children reading over the summer and support parents and carers with children already at home.
Children's reading can 'dip' during the long summer holidays if they don't have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure. This can be a problem for schools to put right in the new term. The Reading Agency's annual Summer Reading Challenge really helps by getting approximately 700,000 children into libraries and reading regularly over the summer. There's no other free reading activity that involves so many children, introduces families to their local library, encourages children to choose books freely and independently, and is endorsed by parents, teachers and the Department for Education.
Silly SquadThe theme for this year's Challenge is "Silly Squad" - a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter, featuring bespoke artwork from award-winning children's author and illustrator, Laura Ellen Anderson.
The Challenge website will be free to access and a place for children to rate and review their books and work towards their reading goal. It will also feature video content, games, quizzes, and digital and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children and their families to take part in the Challenge at home.
"I feel the Summer Reading Challenge is extra important this year! How sensible to have a Silly theme. We've all had to deal with serious and scary issues, so it's time for a bit of fun. There are so many comical and crazy children's books to cheer us all up. Let's get reading and get happy!"
- Jacqueline Wilson, Summer Reading Challenge Ambassador
How To Get Involved
Signing up for the Challenge is super easy just head to www.sillysquad.org.uk and follow the joining instructions!
Although our Libraries are closed at the moment our Digital Library is filled with children's eBooks and eAudiobooks selected especially for Silly Squad readers! Make your way to our Digital Library to start downloading.