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.
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:
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