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#LetsGetSilly for Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge 2020

White background with the words: The Reading Agency and Libraries present Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge 2020
26 June 2020

The Summer Reading Challenge 2020 is here! This year’s theme is Silly Squad, a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter. Children can join in with the digital challenge on the amazing new summer reading challenge website at

Signing up is easy. A child creates their own account and their parent/carer is sent an email to verify it. Then children can choose a character avatar, set their own reading goals (which they can change later) and will get a silly name to use on the website from the random name generator.

As they read books towards their own reading goal children will unlock digital rewards, activities and videos and an online certificate for achieving their goal. If they’re stuck for what to read next, they can get a recommendation from the Book Sorter. The summer reading challenge website also offers games, puzzles, quizzes and competitions to keep children entertained all summer long.

Anything they read counts including comics, magazines, e-books and – for this year only - your child can read one of their own books!

Our e-library offers a wide variety of e-books, e-audio, e-magazines and e-comics your child can read for their summer reading challenge. These are all available free with your Essex library card, so if you haven’t already, register the whole family free online now. Join the Silly Squad and start your child’s summer of reading free on the challenge website:

If you have any further questions about the Summer Reading Challenge 2020 you may find our Summer Reading Challenge frequently asked questions page useful.