Children and Libraries

Summer Reading Challenge

Children with books for Summer Reading Challenge


Join the Silly Squad!

In 2020, due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the Summer Reading Challenge has gone digital, but it's just as much fun, and this year it comes with added silliness!

The theme is Silly Squad - a celebration of fun, laughter and happiness to lift the spirit at these difficult times. Instead of collecting stickers and other goodies from the library, children need to register on Silly Squad website.

Once registered, they can set their own reading goals, discover lots of great books to read, play silly games and earn badges and rewards. 

The challenge doesn't normally start until the beginning of the summer holidays, but with so many children learning at home, this year's challenge has kicked off early, and runs from early June to late September 2020.

The challenge is free to join, and is open to children of any age. Any sort of reading counts towards the challenge, but we have lots of great e-books and e-audio books to get you started. Find out more on our e-books web page.

Look out for fun Silly Squad activities on our IW Libraries Facebook page throughout the summer.

The Benefits of the Summer Reading Challenge

Children's reading can 'dip' during the long summer holidays if they don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure. This year, in light of COVID-19 and social distancing measures, it’s more important than ever to ensure that children are encouraged to read for pleasure and avoid the "dip."

Research has shown that the Summer Reading Challenge, which keeps children reading for pleasure over the summer, can make a big difference in keeping reading levels up.

A key principle of the Summer Reading Challenge is that children are free to choose their own books, rather than being pressurised to read books that are not to their taste. Parents often report that this makes a huge difference to their child's enthusiasm for reading - and enthusiastic readers are good readers.

"My son has always seen reading as a chore," one parent commented, "but thanks to this challenge, he's finally started to enjoy books, and his reading has come on in leaps and bounds." (Isle of Wight parent, August 2016)