Summer Reading Challenge

Are you ready to get Silly this summer? 

This year we're asking you to get silly for the Summer Reading Challenge. These are difficult times, and the Challenge offers an opportunity for families to have fun and be silly together. The theme of the Challenge for this year is Silly Squad, and we want to celebrate funny and silly stories all summer long! From David Walliams to Roald Dahl, and Jacqueline Wilson to Jeff Kinney, there are thousands of hilarious books for you to read, and we can't wait to hear about them!

"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

The Summer Reading Challenge will this year give you the chance to sign up and take part online, with the special Silly Squad website! The Challenge website will be free to access and a place for you to rate and review books and work towards your reading goal. It will also feature video content, games, quizzes, and digital and downloadable activities to complete at home.

The Summer Reading Challenge 

The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual event aimed at 4-11 year olds. It is run by the Reading Agency and Lancashire Libraries are taking part. Children are encouraged to read six (or more) books of their choice during the summer holidays with collectable incentives and rewards, plus a certificate for every child who completes the Challenge.

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.

How to sign up

To sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge go to the Silly Squad website and click on "Join the Challenge". When signing up you will need to enter an adult's email address, who will then receive an email asking for them to confirm that you are wanting to sign up to join Silly Squad. If the adult does not already have a Reading Agency account, they will also be asked to create an account.

If you have any problems when signing up for Silly Squad, please look at this page for further guidance:

What to read

Although our libraries are currently not open, there are still plenty of ways to access fantastic free books! You can find out more about our eBook and eAudiobook service from BorrowBox, and our new comics and magazine service "RBdigital", by visiting the Your Library at Home page on our website. You can use your own books or ones from school too.

Lancashire's Silly Squad outdoor challenge

We are inviting children across children Lancashire to take our challenge, find clues, make stories and get out and about near where you live. There are pries to win and you can share your idea with us on social media. It's all about noticing things on your doorstep and having fun with your imagination.  Find out more, read the terms and conditions and download your entry form. 


Information for parents    

Children can take part from now until September. The aim is to encourage reading regularly and children can dip in and out of the Challenge as needed. It's all about reading for pleasure and it helps school attainment too. The Reading Agency’s annual Summer Reading Challenge really helps by getting approximately 700,000 children into libraries and reading regularly over the summer.

There is also evidence that reading helps give children and young people the ability to connect imaginatively with others - even when they’re not physically with them.

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.

So, we want to encourage families to read together throughout the summer and have fun with it!

Illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020