Summer Reading Challenge 2020: Silly Squad

09 July 2020

Join Our Silly Squad! Free online fun with The Reading Agency and Inspire Libraries

  • The UK’s biggest annual reading for pleasure programme for primary aged children returns with an all-new digital challenge in 2020.

Inspire, who deliver libraries on behalf of  Nottinghamshire County Council are getting ready for another inspiring summer of reading with Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge 2020.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to keep children reading over the summer break.  This annual challenge is produced by The Reading Agency and runs in partnership with libraries across the country. The theme for the Challenge is Silly Squad- a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter.

Usually, the challenge takes place in libraries across Nottinghamshire. This year, with the disruption caused by COVID-19 and the impact of social distancing on schools and public libraries, the 2020 challenge will be an all-new digital challenge. Children will set their own personal reading goal and take part online to unlock digital rewards. 

To take part in Silly Squad, children need to sign up at www.sillysquad.org.uk (a parent/carer will need to approve sign up). Children taking part online will meet the Silly Squad; a loveable bunch of animals who run a fantastic fun house. The website will be a place to log the books they read, they can rate and review them too. They’ll unlock digital rewards, badges and activities as they progress through the challenge.

Though the challenge may look a little different this year, Inspire Libraries will be there every step of the way to cheer on our Nottinghamshire Silly Squad. There are ebooks to borrow to read and listen to.  And as always, children choose the books they want to read on their Challenge; novels, fact books, joke books – all reading counts.  The majority of Nottinghamshire Libraries are now open and we can’t wait to welcome children back to choose books to help them take part in this year’s challenge. Full details of libraries that are open are available on our website, please check opening times before you visit and note children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge and the brilliant online activities we have planned at www.inspireculture.org.uk/summerreadingchallenge  

Peter Gaw, Inspire’s Chief Executive commented;  “The Summer Reading Challenge is a great scheme to encourage children to keep up the reading habit over the summer, with research showing it can help prevent the ‘dip’ in reading that can occur over the long break.  We’re pleased to be involved with the all new digital format of the challenge to ensure our libraries can continue to inspire and enhance a love of reading, which can support children through their school years and beyond.” 

Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s communities and place committee said: “Each year children across the county take part in the Reading Challenge and it’s always a fantastic way to encourage and inspire children to read.”

“This year’s Reading Challenge has adapted to keep children safe during COVID-19 and has become an all-new, all-digital challenge. This year’s challenge is about Silly Squad, a loveable bunch of animals who run a fantastic fun house and we hope these creative challenges will keep children motivated to read from their own homes over summer. It will be very interactive, and we’re excited to see children complete their own personal reading goals and receive their online certificate at the end!”

How the Summer Reading Challenge 2020 works;

  • Children sign up at www.sillysquad.org.uk , create their profile and set their own personal reading goal – we recommend at least 6 books!
  • Children choose the books they want to read.  This year children can read books, magazines, comics they have available at home, or from the library or borrowed from friends. 
  • They can record, review and rate what they read online.
  • As children progress through the challenge, they will unlock digital rewards, badges, activities and video content.  
  • Every child who completes the challenge by completing their reading goal will be able to download a certificate to keep.

It’s all free fun and a great way to keep chilldren reading over the summer holidays.  Silly Squad runs until September www.inspireculture.org.uk/summerreadingchallenge  

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