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Free online reading challenge

Posted onPosted on 22nd Jul

Inspire, which delivers library services on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, is getting ready for another inspiring summer of reading for youngsters with Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge 2020.

The challenge, produced by The Reading Agency and run in partnership with libraries across the country, is a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter.

Usually, the challenge takes place in libraries across Nottinghamshire. This year, because of the disruption caused by COVID-19 and the impact of social distancing on schools and public libraries, the 2020 challenge will be all digital – with children setting their own personal reading goals and taking part online to unlock digital rewards.

To take part in Silly Squad, children need to sign up at (a parent/carer will need to approve sign up).

Children taking part online will meet the Silly Squad; a loveable bunch of animals who run a fantastic fun house. The website will be a place to log the books they read, they can rate and review them too. They’ll unlock digital rewards, badges and activities as they progress through the challenge.

Find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge and the online activities planned at

Coun John Cottee, chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee said: “Each year children across the county take part in the Reading Challenge and it’s always a fantastic way to encourage and inspire children to read.”

“This year’s Reading Challenge has adapted to keep children safe during COVID-19 and has become an all-new, all-digital challenge. This year’s challenge is about Silly Squad, a loveable bunch of animals who run a fantastic fun house and we hope these creative challenges will keep children motivated to read from their own homes over summer.
“It will be very interactive, and we’re excited to see children complete their own personal reading goals and receive their online certificate at the end!”

How the Summer Reading Challenge 2020 works;
•Children sign up at , create their profile and set their own personal reading goal – we recommend at least 6 books!
•Children choose the books they want to read. This year children can read books, magazines, comics they have available at home, or from the library or borrowed from friends.
•They can record, review and rate what they read online.
•As children progress through the challenge, they will unlock digital rewards, badges, activities and video content.
•Every child who completes the challenge by completing their reading goal will be able to download a certificate to keep.

Silly Squad runs until September