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Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge 2020 has launched!

We are delivering the 2020 Summer Reading Challenge online.  This is so we can make sure we continue to reach as many children and families as possible.

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The all-new digital Summer Reading Challenge with its Silly Squad theme launched earlier than usual. This was to keep children reading over the summer. While also supporting parents and carers with children already at home.

Children taking part in the Challenge will join the Silly Squad. A hilarious cast of characters ready to bring Cornwall and the UK a seriously silly summer.

Through the digital Summer Reading Challenge, we will:

  • Offer themed activities. As well as space to share recommendations and rewards for keeping up with reading
  • Ensure the programme remains free of charge for all
  • Create much-needed support for libraries, educators, publishers, authors and parents. All with the same goal: to inspire kids to read for pleasure

It’s so easy to take part

  • Children sign up to our easy-to-use website and create their own profile. Sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge
  • They set their own challenge to read any amount of books during the Challenge. Children are being encouraged to read anything that makes them happy.  This could be comics, joke books, poetry, fiction or non-fiction.  They can be in digital or print format or from e-book lending through the public library service.  The books can also be what they already have at home. Use our free eResources and download books to read via the BorrowBox app.
  • Each time they finish a book, they add it to their profile and write a review. They are rewarded with activities and incentives along the way.  Such as online badges, games and videos.
  • Families are encouraged to join in and ‘Get Silly’ with downloadable activities, games, quizzes and more. With new content to enjoy each week, the fun will continue throughout the summer to keep families engaged.
  • They receive a downloadable certificate once they’ve completed their challenge!

Last year Cornwall had 8166 participants of which 5449 completed the challenge.  This included 1243 children under 4 who took apart in the mini challenge. 45% of participants in Cornwall were boys.

The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged four to eleven and is run in almost all libraries in the UK.  It is about encouraging and providing opportunities for children to “read for pleasure”. Rather than a focus on “teaching reading” or reading instruction.