Summer Reading Challenge 2020

Every year, the Summer Reading Challenge encourages and supports children in Hillingdon to enjoy a summer of brilliant books. This year's theme and inspiration is Silly Squad - a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter - and there's a new format.

From June to September, 4 to 11-year-olds can join a new online version of this popular initiative, run by libraries and The Reading Agency.

Bamboozle the panda (copyright Laura Ellen Anderson)
Bamboozle the panda (copyright Laura Ellen Anderson)
How to take part

  1. Children can decide how big or small they want their challenge to be by setting a target number of books they want to read this summer (any type of book counts towards the challenge).
  2. Create an account on The Reading Agency's dedicated website
  3. Use the site to record each book read, post reviews and download a special Summer Reading Challenge certificate.

Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge Events

We're also hosting a range of online children's events on Zoom to celebrate this year's Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge.  

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Free digital books and audio books

If you're looking for new books for the challenge, why not browse BorrowBox?

BorrowBox offers library card holders the chance to borrow digital books and audio books for free on their computer or smart device. 

Choose from a range of books, featuring some from popular children's authors, including JK Rowling, Roald Dahl and David Walliams. We're expanding the selection so children have as many titles as possible to choose from.

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Update on our libraries

We have started to reopen some of our libraries to allow residents to browse and borrow books, request recycling bags and/or pick up hearing aid batteries. Residents will also be able to visit these libraries to use computers and collect reserved books.

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Not a library member?

It's easier than ever to create your free Hillingdon Libraries account with our new online registration form.

Join now

Silly Squad - Lily the frog with joke book (copyright Laura Ellen Anderson)
Lily the frog (copyright Laura Ellen Anderson)

Funny Fridays

To support the Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge 2020, we're planning a range of fun online activities, including Funny Fridays.

Funny Fridays will promote a different children's author every week, with hilarious crafts, quizzes, worksheets and more - inspired by our chosen writer's work. 

Stay tuned through our social media accounts to find out more about Funny Fridays and other online activities throughout the summer. 

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Page last updated: 18 Aug 2020