Summer Reading Challenge 2020 launched on Friday 5 June!

The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge aims to keep children aged 4-11 years reading through the school holidays. With public libraries closed, the challenge has gone online.

To help them complete the challenge, children can read free eBooks and eAudiobooks from Salford Community Libraries using the BorrowBox app. Children who are not a member of the library can ask parents or carers to help them join instantly online.

Summer Reading Challenge 2020

The Reading Agency have announced a star-studded list of ambassadors who will be supporting the Challenge this year, including: CBBC presenters Sam and Mark; children’s author Jacqueline Wilson; comedian and author David Baddiel; TV adventurer Ben Fogle; former Blue Peter presenter and children’s author Konnie Huq; performance poet Joseph Coelho, Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell and CBBC’s Hacker T Dog reunited with Radio 1’s Katie Thistleton.

They are joined by children’s authors including Rob Biddulph, Philip Ardagh, Guy Bass, Steven Butler, Gareth P Jones, J M Joseph, Jennifer Killick and Silly Squad illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson, all of whom have books in the official Silly Squad book collection. Founder of The Shed School Ashley Bates, illustrator Johanna Basford OBE, actress and comedian Samantha Baines, author and game designer Gabrielle Kent, plus bestselling authors David McKee, Milly Johnson, Dorothy Koomson, Kit de Waal and Kate Clanchy MBE are also offering their support of the ‘Let’s Get Silly!’ campaign.

The 2020 Challenge will launch on Friday 5 June with a virtual ‘Let’s Get Silly!’ programme running from the Summer Reading Challenge’s Facebook page. The launch will feature special readings, family activities and draw-a-longs from guest celebrities and authors.

The full schedule will be announced on Monday 1 June with the following virtual events already confirmed:

  • CBBC’s Sam and Mark kick-off the launch with their unique brand of ‘silly’ fun
  • Readings and jokes from authors including David Baddiel, Ben Fogle, Philip Ardagh and Konnie Huq
  • Silliness galore with the BBC’s Katie Thistleton and Hacker T Dog
  • Draw-a-Longs with official Summer Reading Challenge illustrator, Laura Ellen Anderson, and Rob Biddulph
  • Magic Tricks and Mind-Bending Maths with Mr Bates from The Shed School
  • Poetry with performance poet and playwright Joseph Coelho
  • Crafts, colour and creativity with the original queen of colouring, Johanna Basford
  • Bedtime Reading session with actor Charlie Condou reading from This is Gus by Chris Chatterton, published by Macmillan Children’s Books
  • Unveiling of the official ‘Let’s Get Silly!’ theme song by Harry Baker and Chris Read