Summer Reading Challenge

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Summer Reading Challenge 2020 is a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter.

Meet the Silly Squad!

The Silly Squad is a team of animal friends who run a fantastic fun house. They love to go on adventures and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books. But beware: a mysterious baddy is waiting to spoil the fun!

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge features extra special characters designed by the award-winning author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson, who you’ll know from amazing reads like Amelia Fang and Evil Emperor Penguin!

If you’re aged between 4 and 11 you can join the Silly Squad on a new adventure by setting your own personal reading challenge to complete this summer.

What kind of things can I do?

Just read anything that makes you happy – comics, joke books, poetry, fiction or non-fiction books.  They can be in digital or print format.  Either enjoy the books that you already have at home or borrow e-books using your North Yorkshire Library account.

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Laugh-O-Meters at the ready!

You can find out more about the Silly Squad’s members at their special website and unlock digital rewards, activities and videos.

There’s a Summer Reading Challenge official book collection which you can use as a guide and there are loads of brilliant book suggestions to get you started. There are heaps of super silly activities, quizzes, videos, games and more to keep you entertained at home!

If you don’t have a North Yorkshire Library account get one online here. Alternatively, you can ring 01609 533878 or email

A note for parents, guardians and carers:  Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays if they don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure. This can be a problem for schools to put right in the new term.  The Reading Agency’s annual Summer Reading Challenge really helps by getting over 700,000 children regularly into libraries and reading over the summer.  Easingwold Community Library is presently closed due to Covid-19 but your child can still take part in the Summer Reading Challenge digitally. They can be encouraged to make use of ebooks and other online resources, or enjoy the books they already have at home.

Illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020