Summer Reading Challenge - Dudley Libraries
I am writing with exciting news that The Summer Reading Challenge will launch on a digital platform (sillysquad.org.uk) on Friday 5th June.
The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual event aimed at 4 – 11 year olds. Children are encouraged to read six (or more) books of their choice during the summer holidays.
Dudley Libraries will, as usual, be supporting the challenge with activities and book recommendations on social media channels and e-books available on their free app Libby.
This year, with the disruption caused by Covid-19 and the impact of social distancing on schools and public libraries, the all-new digital aspect of the Summer Reading Challenge is launching earlier than usual to keep children reading over the summer and support parents and carers with children already at home.
The theme for the Challenge and associated marketing campaign is “Silly Squad” – a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter, featuring bespoke artwork from award-winning children's author and illustrator, Laura Ellen Anderson.
A whole host of virtual events with guest celebrities and authors will take place on the Summer Reading Challenge Facebook page on Friday 5 June to mark the launch of the digital Challenge. The Challenge website will be free to access and a place for children to rate and review their books and work towards their reading goal. It will also feature video content, games, quizzes, and digital and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children and their families to take part in the Challenge at home.
Once libraries are able to open again we will be doing all we can to encourage children to complete the challenge but in the meantime could you please raise awareness with parents and carers so that they can help children to sign up for the challenge and read, be silly and have fun! You can access a downloadable schools pack at https://readingagency.org.uk/resources/4427/
“I feel the Summer Reading Challenge is extra important this year! How sensible to have a Silly theme. We've all had to deal with serious and scary issues, so it's time for a bit of fun. There are so many comical and crazy children's books to cheer us all up. Let's get reading and get happy!”
- Jacqueline Wilson, Summer Reading Challenge Ambassador