The Summer Reading Challenge - Join the Silly Squad!


The Summer Reading Challenge is asking the nation to join the Silly Squad!

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4-11 to read during the long summer holiday with research showing that children’s reading can 'dip' severely during the summer if they do not have regular access to books. With school life disrupted and many children missing the company of their friends, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge will be all the more vital as a way of helping parents and carers find fun, family-friendly activities, maintain literacy levels and create a safe space for children to connect with their peers.

This year’s theme will also offer families a chance to have fun and just “GET SILLY!”, with children being encouraged to read anything that makes them happy - whether it be a comic, joke book, poetry, fiction or non-fiction, in digital or print format, from e-book lending through the public library service or from what they already have at home, with the Summer Reading Challenge official book collection as a guide.

Find out more and join in here!

Reading as a Family: Top tips for reading together

We were excited to host a webinar with The Reading Agency on 'Reading as a Family'. You can watch the webinar below.

Reading for pleasure delivers enormous benefits for children of all ages. It builds reading and literacy confidence as well as influencing children’s health and wellbeing, future academic achievement and adult life chances. Evidence shows that families can play a key role in helping develop a reading for pleasure habit, but it’s not always easy to motivate children who lack confidence or enthusiasm for reading.

In this webinar we hear from an expert panel about the importance of families to children’s reading and ways to motivate your little ones. It looked at key benefits and practical tips for reading together, showcasing fun, family-oriented incentives such as The Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge.

Here you can find more resources and support from the Reading Agency for reading as a family.

Watch the webinar

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