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.
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!
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.
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
Comedian, author and presenter, David Baddiel,
reads from his children’s book The
4:15pm – Author Gareth P Jones reads
from his book Dinosaur
Detective: Catnapped! and takes us on a real adventure
Drawing with award-winning author and illustrator Rob Biddulph
4:30pm – Poet
and author Joseph Coehlo reads Funny Fish from his
book Poems Aloud
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
Crafts, colour and creativity with the original queen of colouring, Johanna Basford
Authors Katie and Kevin Tsang read
from their book Sam Wu
is Not Afraid of Zombies – including some super silly dress
4:50pm – Let’s
Get Silly with longest-serving female BBC Blue
Peter presenter and author Konnie Huq
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
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!
6.45pm – It’s
time to hear the official ‘Let’s Get Silly!’ theme song! Written and performed
by Harry Baker and Chris Read
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?
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 know times are tough at home at the moment, and we want to support you to find meaningful ways to spend your time. We would like all of our learners from every subject to take part in one of the Family Learning Competitions. Great prizes for the winners!
Family Challenge Competition
Make a game
or fun activity to entertain your children and send it to your tutor. Include:
picture or drawing of the game/activity (no photos of children please)
on how to play/what to do
age group it is aimed at
The best ideas will be shared with other students, who are mostly parents too. So you will be supporting other local families to find fun activities to do with their children in lock down.
is a form of writing where you can express what you are thinking or feeling, using
your imagination and will take us on a journey through your words. It could
also be funny, sad or whatever tone you want.
Write a poem about life at the moment. It could be about;
day to day
behaviour – toilet roll
you are coping
time with family
Remember: it does not have to rhyme
You could choose a style:
Acrostic (Vertical poetry) – You can use words like ‘Coronavirus’ or ‘Rainbow’ to create an acrostic poem or just choose your own.
Cute little animal
Trying to be a tiger
2.Haiku Japanese Poetry
Three lined poetry – 1st
line has 5 syllables, 2nd line has 7 syllables and the 3rd
line has 5 syllables
Virus is outside – 5 syllables
Stay in your home to be safe
– 7 syllables
Soon we will be free – 5 syllables
entrants will receive a certificate for participating
and prizes for the winners
To Enter: Simply send your competition entry and contact details to your tutor before 30th April.