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Summer Reading Challenge 2020

The Summer Reading Challenge is a national scheme organised by the Reading Agency to encourage children to continue to read during the school holidays. As children have been absent from school due to the Covid-19 pandemic there has never been a more important time to read over the Summer holidays as now!



This year, the launch is starting earlier on 05.06.20 to help parents and carers find fun, family-activities, maintaining literacy levels and connecting children with their peers during this period of remote learning from home.


What you need to do

Children and their families will be asked to join the Silly Squad, a group of animals out to have fun and read anything that makes them happy - whether that’s stories, comics, joke books or factual books. The books can be in digital or print format and can either be books that your children have at home or can borrow from Derbyshire Libraries’ e-lending platforms

An official virtual ‘Let’s Get Silly’ launch is happening on Friday 5th June. This will include celebrity and author events for the whole family to enjoy, along with the launch of a new Silly Squad website to support the Challenge. The website will be free to access and feature games, quizzes, digital and downloadable activities to encourage children and their families to take part in the Challenge at home. Derbyshire Libraries will be supporting the Challenge with lots of virtual activities including story and rhymes times, book reviews and craft activity ideas alongside its eBook and eAudio book lending services.


Find out more

Visit or type ‘Summer Reading Challenge’ into Google.

If your child takes part in the Summer Reading Challenge please let me know in September. Your child will receive a gold sticker in their Community Curriculum booklet for taking part in a community event as well as a certificate and medal from their local library.


Mrs Bower