Summer reading challenge!
Date: 17th Jul 2020 @ 10:39am
Join the Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge – it’s free!
The Summer Reading Challenge is a great time to share and talk about books as a family
and to celebrate your child’s reading achievements. We know that reading for fun improves
literacy and will help your child at school (and later in life too!). Joining a Challenge is a
great way to keep motivated too.
The Challenge has changed this year due to COVID-19 and instead of children joining via
their local library and reading library books, sign-up is online and any books can be read.
By getting involved in the Summer Reading Challenge, your child is:
● Improving their literacy. We know that reading for fun improves literacy
● Supporting their studies. Reading for pleasure is one of the most important factors in
children’s academic success
● Improving their wellbeing; reading for pleasures improves your mood and acts as an
escape from life’s problems
● Learning to understand others and their point of view. Studies have also found that
those who read for pleasure have higher self-esteem and are better able to cope with
● Having a great time! Joining thousands of other children across the country, reading
books, sharing their thoughts, and taking part in some great activities.
How to join the Challenge:
● Join online at SillySquad.org.uk
● It’s free to join
● Children can get rewards, play games and earn badges as they read
● Children can rate and review the books they read
● The website features video content, games, quizzes and digital and downloadable
● Check out the Home Zone on the SillySquad website for families which includes
step-by-step instructions on how to join as well as ideas for activities.
Books to read:
● Although this year’s theme is Silly Squad, any books can be read
● The books this year do not have to be from the local library
● Encourage your child to read comics, joke books, information books and story books
● E-books count too. Manchester Libraries has been adding to the children’s e-book
selection on Borrowbox. It’s free to use and you don’t have to have a physical library
● There will be a phased reopening of some Libraries from 4 July with reduced hours
and service. Families will be able to borrow books, but there will be no activity offer
and a limit on numbers entering, so there may be queues.