Explore Libraries and Archives have set up a Summer Reading Challenge for children

There is a new and exciting way to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge for children this year. Because libraries aren’t open fully yet the challenge is going virtual and children will be able to take part online. As well as the Challenge there will be activities to do, all on the same theme of fun, laughter and silliness.

The challenge will run in Explore York Libraries and Archives from Friday 10 July to Friday 18 September 2020.

The Silly Squad is a team of animal friends who love to go on adventures and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books.

This year, the Challenge features extra special characters designed by the award-winning author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson who produced amazing reads like Amelia Fang and Evil Emperor Penguin!

You can join the Silly Squad on a new adventure by setting your own personal reading challenge to complete this summer. The Silly Squad online platform will help you keep track of your books, reviews and the rewards you unlock along the way.

The Silly Squad website provides a fun, immersive and safe environment for children to achieve their reading goals and explore the Silly Squad theme.

We are still suggesting six books as the best goal to aim for. To join the challenge go onto Explore’s website and join through our Summer Reading Challenge button.

To take part in the challenge you can download e-books for free. To sign up for e-books please go onto Explore’s website and follow the instructions there. Or use the click and collect service to order books to read from an Explore Centre.

Summer Activities

As well as the challenge, from 18 July there will be other activities to take part in through Explore’s website.

Fiona Williams, Chief Executive of Explore said:

“One of our very important aims in Explore is to promote the love of reading to all, but especially to children. Reading is a wonderful thing, taking you to different worlds in your imagination or helping you find facts and information to support your own interests. The Summer Reading Challenge really helps to do this and we know that children who take part have grown in confidence with their reading. Last year 3483 children took part in the Summer Reading Challenge and our staff and volunteers love to hear all about what the children are reading and to help them find books they will enjoy. In total children told us about 12,564 books. As well as this 1473 children and 1049 adults took part in our events and it would be great if even more took part this year.”