This year sees the return of the ever-popular Summer Reading Challenge with a slight twist; a new digital platform called the “Silly Squad” will offer lots of fun and exciting adventures to keep children between 4 and 11 years old entertained.
Whilst the Summer Reading Challenge will only be available online in 2020, it still will provide children with the educational value and ‘fun factor’ it has had in previous years.
The “Silly Squad” are a team of animal friends who love to go on adventures and read funny books. This new challenge will allow children to take control of their reading and be rewarded online for their progress.
Children will play an online game to win rewards and create their own reading profile. This will allow them to set reading goals, review books and enjoy a safe forum to chat with friends. There will also be a section where users can download and print some fun activities to complete over the summer.
Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Libraries said: “I’m pleased to say that the Summer Reading Challenge is back, and we are confident the “Silly Squad” challenges and activities will really engage younger readers.
“A recent survey commissioned by The Reading Agency showed that 45% of young people are reading more during lockdown so this year’s Summer Reading Challenge is perhaps more important than ever before to help keep young people interested in reading for pleasure.”
To get involved, create your reading profile at www.sillysquad.org.uk and start unlocking new challenges and earning your rewards. From 11th July, Somerset Libraries will be releasing local weekly activities that families can also enjoy from the comfort of their own homes!
For regular updates on what this year’s digital Summer Reading Challenge has in store for you, check for updates on http://www.somersetlibraries.co.uk or follow us on Facebook @Somerset Libraries UK.