Join the Silly Squad: The Summer Reading Challenge 2020

Screenshot of the Silly Squad front page on their website.

Each year the Summer Reading Challenge, delivered with the support of public libraries, motivates over 700,000 children to keep reading to build their skills and confidence.

Children taking part in the Challenge will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books!

The 2020 Challenge will feature bespoke artwork from award-winning children’s author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson (Amelia Fang; Evil Emperor Penguin; I Don’t Want Curly Hair).

With the disruption caused by COVID-19 and the impact of social distancing on schools and public libraries, the 2020 Challenge will launch as a digital activity to keep children reading over the summer and support parents and carers with children already at home. The Challenge will run from June to September, launching with a week of activity from Monday 1 June and culminating in an official launch day of curated events on Friday 5 June 2020.

The digital Challenge will be free to access, featuring games, quizzes and digital and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children and their families to take part in treading related activities at home. Although library buildings are closed, libraries will also continue to deliver the Challenge through virtual services and e-lending platforms.

With school life disrupted and many children missing the company of their friends, this year’s fun-filled 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.

Screenshot from summerreadingchallenge.org.uk showing how the scheme works

Find out how your sons and daughters can sign up to join the Silly Squad.

There are also more initiatives for our young people to join in on and available on our Coronavirus section for Education and Families.

Imagery: summerreadingchallenge.org.uk

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