The Reading Agency’s (digital) Summer Reading Challenge

Every year, my sons and I look forward to signing up for The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge, collecting our stickers and earning our medals. We shall be doing exactly the same but with a twist – due to the current corona virus outbreak, this year’s Reading Challenge has gone digital!  You can sign up and access all the brilliant free resources HERE.


The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4-11 to read during the long summer holiday with research showing that children’s reading can ‘dip’ severely during the summer if they do not have regular access to books. This year’s #SillySquad theme will also encourage children to read anything that makes them happy – whether it be a comic, joke book, poetry, fiction or non-fiction, in digital or print format, from e-book lending through the public library service or from what they already have at home, with the Summer Reading Challenge official book collection as a guide.


I am a huge advocate for funny books and have already had the pleasure of reading lots of the featured titles. I’ve added links to my reviews below, just in case they keep you choose your first read of the silly season!

This is Gus by Chris Chatterton

Perfectly Polite Penguins by Georgiana Deutsch, illustrated by Ekaterinburg Trukhan.

Bug Belly: Babysitting Trouble by Paul Morton

Jasper and Scruff by Nicola Colton

Pippi Longstocking and the Snirkle Hunt by Astrid Lindgren

Wigglesbottom Primary: Break-Time Bunnies by Pamela Butchart, illustrated by Becka Moor

Pests by Emer Stamp

The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson, illustrated by Rob Biddulph

Storm Hound by Claire Fayers

Super Happy Magic Forest: The Humungous Fungus by Matty Long

Make sure you join in the online launch day fun today (Friday 5th June) with a whole host of virtual (super silly!) curated events with guest celebrities and authors. Just search for: #SillySquad2020 #LetsGetSilly @readingagency
or on Facebook @SummerReadingChallengeUK

Which book will you be reading first?

Library Girl.

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