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Summer reading challenge launches

West Berkshire Libraries are delighted to introduce this year’s digital Summer Reading Challenge, Silly Squad; a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter. 

The Summer Reading Challenge, which launched on 5 June and runs into September, is the biggest children’s reading for pleasure programme in the UK. Last year over 700,000 children and their families took part. This year, while libraries across the country remain closed to the public in accordance with government guidelines, the Challenge has moved online and is launching earlier than usual.


You can take part online at summerreadingchallenge.org.uk and unlock digital rewards, activities and video content as rewards for your reading – all for FREE.


Children can set their own reading goal (we recommend at least six books) and may read anything - from library to school books, including e-books and e-audio. A certificate is available to download for free when the Challenge has been completed.


Cllr Howard Woollaston, Executive Member for Public Health & Community Wellbeing, Sports and Culture at West Berkshire Council, said: "This new digital Summer Reading Challenge is a really important step to ensure that we are offering a family friendly and accessible initiative to inspire children to read at home. In 2019, we had over 3,800 children taking up the Challenge and this year, with so many children unable to go back to school, it is even more important to keep learning through the love of books."


The website includes new Home and School Zones which encourages children to rate and review their books and work towards their reading goal. It also features video content, games, quizzes and digital and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children and their families to take part in the Challenge at home.

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