A Reading Challenge to Make You Happy

Children are invited to join the Silly Squad by taking part in the nationwide Summer Reading Challenge - a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter!

This year the Reading Agency’s scheme has gone digital and children aged four to 11 are encouraged to read six (or more) books before and during the summer holidays. Along the way they will meet the Silly Squad; a loveable bunch of animals who run a fantastic fun house. With collectable incentives and rewards, each child who completes the challenge will also receive a certificate.

Lawrence Dunn, development officer for Lincs Inspire Libraries, said:

“With all the disruption that children have experienced this year, the challenge is a great way to get them focusing on something fun. Laughter is a great way of coping with things and there are so many books out there to get you laughing out loud. The Silly Squad illustrations are picture perfect too with bespoke artwork from award-winning children's author and illustrator, Laura Ellen Anderson.”

There are a few changes to this year’s scheme. Parents will be pleased to know that it has been launched a little earlier in the summer in a bid to support those at home and of course, it will all be taking place online. Usually only books that are borrowed from a Lincs Inspire Library count towards the Challenge however this year any books count.

For those who do not have access to books at home, Lincs Inspire Libraries are encouraging parents to register their children on RB Digital – a free app where they can download and read eBooks, eAudiobooks and eComics. All that is needed is a library card and parents can add a second account to their RB Digital App on the same device.

Lincs Inspire Libraries have added new titles to their App especially for the challenge and recommended by The Reading Agency.

Parents must also register their children on the Challenge website. 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.

For more information visit lincsinspirelibraries.com