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The Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge is on!

Ready, steady, let’s get silly! Liverpool’s libraries may still be closed but that isn’t stopping them from encouraging your little ones from picking up a book.

From Friday, 5th June, the city’s libraries will be backing the Reading Agency’s annual Summer Reading Challenge – www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk  – which is going digital for 2020 and is aimed at children aged four-11.

Although usually taking place in the summer holidays to encourage children to keep reading during the long break, this year’s challenge has been brought forward to support children who are still being home schooled.

The Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge is on!

Families are invited to a virtual party on Friday, 5 June, to launch the challenge on the Summer Reading Challenge’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/SummerReadingChallengeUK/ – from 4-7pm.

The launch party’s schedule includes CBBC’s Sam & Mark, David Baddiel and Konnie Huq

To complete the Summer Reading Challenge children will set their own reading targets with six books being the suggested number to aim for. And youngsters needn’t worry if they’ve read everything at home – there are hundreds of books to borrow from Liverpool’s digital library. Visit www.readliverpool.co.uk/ to quickly sign up. Compared to May 2019, loans of children’s books from the digital library last month were ten times higher!

Children are being encouraged to keep track of what they’re reading by setting up a Reading Agency Passport account. Parents or guardians will need to confirm children’s online accounts.

This year’s challenge is led by the Silly Squad – a team of animals who love to go on adventures and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books who have been designed by award-winning author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson.

The challenge runs until September and it is free to take part. Last year over 700,000 children got involved, and it has been running each year since 1999.

2020 is Liverpool’s Year of Reading and The Reading Agency supported the programme’s launch in January. Search #LiverpoolReads on social media and also join the Facebook group – www.facebook.com/groups/1311359989056695/

Hayley Butler, head of communications at the Reading Agency said:

“We are excited to be going live with the digital Summer Reading Challenge this Friday.

“The Summer Reading Challenge which is delivered in partnership with public libraries, is an invaluable tool to help young people across the UK avoid the ‘dip’ and maintain their literacy skills over the summer ahead of the new school year.

“The Silly Squad theme is just what families need this summer. Children will be able to access the free digital platform to complete this year’s challenge with digital rewards and incentives and a whole host of silly reading recommendations – it will be a seriously silly summer!”

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