Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge 2020

Themed Silly Squad, this year the challenge is a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter.  Produced by The Reading Agency and run in partnership with libraries the Summer Reading Challenge can help avoid the potential dip in reading levels over the long summer break and provides free fun for 4 – 11 year olds.  

 Usually taking place in libraries, this year, due to the disruption caused by COVID-19, the 2020 challenge will be in an all-digital format.   Children will set their own personal reading goal and take part online to unlock digital rewards.  

Resources for schools, including a class assembly presentation, text for school newsletters and graphics for school websites are available at

Silly Squad is available to sign up to now and will run through until September.  Supporting activity from Inspire Libraries will be available from July; including

- Share a Joke Competition – share your favourite joke for the chance to have it transformed into a comic strip created by cartoonist Marc Jackson.  

-Author, Alan MacDonald, asks 'What happens next?' in a story making challenges based on his Dirty Bertie books

- Summer of Silly Challenges- starting 13th July, we'll set children and families 3 silly reading challenges a week for 6 weeks. Who can achieve the all?

- Our Inspire author and artist in residence, France Stickley and Erin Fleming are working to produce a digital book and we’d love to see Nottinghamshire readers include it as one of their reads.  From 28 July  - In Residence will bring you writing and creative challenges to join in with from home.

All activities will be available at

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Subject areas

  • Language and Literacy

Key stages

  • Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 2

Offers a free option?

  • Yes

Can deliver in-school?

  • Yes

Counts toward Arts Award?

  • Yes

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