Posted: Friday 5th June 2020
Let’s Get Silly with this summer’s Silly Squad!
Fear not, although all 46 public libraries across the County may still be closed, children can still take part in the Summer Reading Challenge this year!
Why not get them to join the Silly Squad, a bold and adventurous team of animals, and help celebrate books that make us happy and laugh with illustrations by Laura Ellen Anderson (who some of you will recognise from the Amelia Fang and Evil Emperor Penguin series).
Due to the Coronavirus, The Reading Agency has redesigned this year’s Summer Reading Challenge into a virtual one. Now it is more important than ever to keep children reading over the summer months, and this year’s Challenge aims to support parents and carers to do this.
The Summer Reading Challenge will be starting earlier this year, from Friday 5 June. This will kick off with a ‘Let’s Gets Silly’ virtual launch event on the Summer Reading Challenge’s Facebook page for the all the family to enjoy. There will be a host of silly readings and family themed activities by celebrities and best-selling authors led by Jacqueline Wilson, Cressida Cowell, Philip Ardagh, Guy Bass and Konnie Huq to name but a few. You will also spot some familiar children’s TV stars including Sam and Mark and the one and only Hacker T. Dog.
From the launch date, the digital challenge platform will be FREE for children and their families to join and use, providing a safe and secure sign-up process.
As always, children will be challenged to read over the summer. We encourage them to read 6 books although this year there is no minimum (or maximum!) number to be read and they can set their own goal. Also for this year children may read anything! It can be in digital or print format from ebooks and e-audio books from our online BorrowBox library or books that are already available at home or from school.
Instead of coming into the library to collect stickers, children will be able to record their progress through the Challenge online and unlock virtual rewards as they go. If you are looking for some inspiration for what your children can read next, there will be the suggestions available from the Book Sorter. The Silly Squad website will also have games, quizzes and downloadable activities to keep everyone entertained at home.
Whilst all the staff and volunteers in libraries will obviously miss hearing children talk about their books this year, we are looking forward to reading their reviews on the Silly Squad website. www.sillysquad.org.uk
A huge success with many Hertfordshire families taking part year after year, the Summer Reading Challenge is the perfect way to spark a lifelong love of reading for pleasure. Here are some comments from last year’s participants:
‘I really loved the challenge as I love reading so much. I have chosen lots of different books and authors and have enjoyed them all. It has been fun as my friends are also doing it.’
‘I think that this challenge really inspired kids to read more books and that this showed that reading is fun.’
‘I think this reading challenge was a great way to get people to read books and is a great way to cure the boredom of summer!’
‘It's a really good idea to make kids busy. I always love it.’
So if your family want to take part this year, log on to the Silly Squad website on Friday 5 June!