This year the ever popular Summer Reading Challenge will launch on July 13 and all children from 4 to 14 years can register for a Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge pack when they collect their book orders.
The Summer Reading Challenge is also available at www.sillysquad.org.uk.
While we’re closed, we wanted to bring our museum, collections and stories to you. We’ve put together this selection of blogs, exhibitions and events that can all be enjoyed from home.
The Summer Reading Challenge Launch Party – Friday 5th June 4.00pm
Join the Silly Squad and the Let’s Get Silly Ambassadors for an afternoon (ending with a bedtime story) of family fun!
The Summer Reading Challenge 2020 will launch on Friday 5 June and you can join the Silly Squad on a new adventure by setting your own personal reading challenge to complete this summer. Create a free profile to keep track of your books, reviews, and all of the special rewards you unlock along the way. You’ll also find heaps of super silly activities, quizzes, videos, games and more to keep you entertained at home. This year’s Challenge runs from June to September, so there is plenty of time to take part and get silly this summer.
Join us on Facebook on Friday 5 June to meet our super silly Ambassadors, who will be sharing their favourite silly stories, leading a draw-along to create your very own Silly Squad character, showing us their silliest dance moves, telling their most hilarious joke and sharing so much more silly fun with us all.
Once you have celebrated with the Silly Squad at the Launch Party head on over to sillysquad.org.uk to start your seriously silly summer reading Challenge!
Let’s Get Silly Launch Party Schedule
4.00pm – Sam & Mark (as seen on CBBC) launch the Summer Reading Challenge 2020 and introduce you to the Silly Squad – telling you how you can sign up and start your seriously silly summer
4.10pm – Comedian, author and presenter, David Baddiel, reads from his children’s book The Taylor TurboChaser
4:15pm – Author Gareth P Jones reads from his book Dinosaur Detective: Catnapped! and takes us on a real adventure
4:20pm – Drawing with award-winning author and illustrator Rob Biddulph
4:30pm – Poet and author Joseph Coehlo reads Funny Fish from his book Poems Aloud
4:35pm – President of Libraries Connected, Carol Stump, reads a book from the official 2020 Summer Reading Challenge booklist – You Can’t Call an Elephant in an Emergency by Patricia Cleveland-Peck & David Tazzyman
4:40pm – Crafts, colour and creativity with the original queen of colouring, Johanna Basford
4:45pm – Authors Katie and Kevin Tsang read from their book Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Zombies – including some super silly dress up!
4:50pm – Let’s Get Silly with longest-serving female BBC Blue Peter presenter and author Konnie Huq
4.55pm – Presenter, author and adventurer, Ben Fogle reads an extract from his Mr Dog book series
5:05pm – The British Library shares content from their Discovering Children’s Books website where you can find a whole range of creative activities. In this video, Viviane Schwarz shows you fun ways of developing silly characters
5:20pm – Children’s author Philip Ardagh reads from his book Bunnies on the Bus
5:25pm – Arts Council England’s Director of Libraries, Sue Williamson, reads her favourite poem
5:30pm – Silly Squad draw-along with author and illustrator, Laura Ellen Anderson, who is the Summer Reading Challenge 2020’s official illustrator!
5:40pm – Award-winning comedian, actress and writer Samantha Baines reads from her novel Harriet Versus The Galaxy
5:45pm – Konnie Huq gets super silly with the Silly Squad
5:50pm – Shed School Magic with the nation’s favourite teacher, Mr Bates
6pm – The nation’s favourite comedian and presenter Paul O’Grady will read an excerpt from his favourite children’s book, The Borrowers
6:05pm – Author Jennifer Killick reads from her book, Alex Sparrow and the Zumbie Apocalypse and shows us how to do a very silly dance – join in!
6:15pm – Children’s author (and game designer!) Gabrielle Kent reads from her book, Knights and Bikes
6:25pm – Actor Owen Teale (Game of Thrones) reads from his favourite book, A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.
6:35pm – Actor and writer Shobna Gulati (Dinner Ladies, Coronation Street) will read Tiny Ant from the Official Book Collection
6.40pm – Author and illustrator Laura Dockrill shares her favourite poems including her own poem My Mum’s Growing Down as well as one by Benjamin Zephaniah from Talking Turkeys and a Carol Ann Duffy poem!
6:50pm – Closing the Launch Party with a bedtime story, actor Charlie Condou (Holby City, Coronation Street) reads This is Gus from the official Summer Reading Challenge book collection
7pm – End
Head to www.sillysquad.org.uk to sign up to the Challenge!- and keep an eye on the Summer Reading Challenge Facebook page throughout the summer to catch even more fantastic videos from our wonderful ambassadors and book collection authors!
Need some great children’s books to read for the Summer Reading Challenge?
current situation while our libraries are closed, you can find lots of great
reads from bestselling children’s authors available from our free E-book
All you need is a library card.
If need a
library card you can join here:
To support you during the coronavirus outbreak, we have hand-picked a selection of quality-assured, free resources from across the sector.
This toolkit includes resources to use with vulnerable children or children with SEND, a resource from Stonewall for the LGBTQ+ community, as well as
a resource pack for staff wellbeing and practical activities for adults and children to help stay mentally well.
We had a tremendous amount of entries from our students, covering all aspects of lockdown life. Some were inspiring, some made us laugh and some tugged on our heart strings.
It was a tough decision but we have picked our three favourites and would like to share them with you.
Winners of the competition will receive a prize and a certificate in the post soon.
3rd place – by Shaziya (Laila) Kausar
2nd place – by Lynda Smith
Our children’s activity saw fun and simple activities for parents to do with their children in the house during lockdown.
We have chosen two winners who offered simple and adaptable ideas to keep children busy, with active and creative minds.
2nd place – by Shazia Farman
1st place – Shazia Noreen
We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who entered the Spring Competitions. We have taken pleasure in reading all of your entries, and hope that you have enjoyed taking part.
Impressions young people’s collective New Focus have just launched a new project The Bradford Family Archive: Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
Full details can be found here – https://www.impressions-gallery.com/event/bradford-family-archive-absence-makes-the-heart-grow-fonder/
Its a digital participation project asking the people of Bradford to share old family photographs and objects that share a story about their family on Facebook and Instagram
One of the main way they can get involved is sharing
info on our dedicated Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/660574808098862/
Lots of resources and links available below for children and family fun.
8 days left, to view and enter visit; https://theblog.is/familylearning/