Summer reading challenge - Silly Squad

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The summer reading challenge, organised by The Reading Agency charity, is going digital this year.

Aimed at children aged 4 to 11 it is also starting earlier than usual on 5th June and will run right through until September.

This year's theme is Silly Squad and is all about funny books, happiness and having a laugh! Set in a fun house it features a riotous group of madcap animal characters designed by the award-winning author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson, whose books include Amelia Fang and Evil Emperor Penguin

To complete the challenge children just need to read six books that make them happy - whether it be a comic, joke book, poetry, fiction or non-fiction, in digital or print format, from e-books borrowed from the library or from what they already have at home.

Sign up is free and children will find loads of brilliant book suggestions and tips on how to keep reading. There will also be heaps of super silly activities, quizzes, videos, games, a place to keep track of the books read and rewards to unlock along the way.

North Yorkshire Libraries are still closed for the moment but there are a terrific selection of children’s’ eBooks and eAudiobooks available to download for free. A library card and PIN is needed to download them but if you are not yet a member it’s easy to join - just call call 01609 533878.

Check out North Yorkshire Libraries and your local libraries Facebook pages too as the summer progresses for special Silly Squad events and activities - we’ve got some exciting things planned!