Summer Reading Challenge

5th June 2020

The Summer Reading Challenge launches today! delivered in partnership with public libraries and funded by Arts Council England, encourages children aged 4-11 to read during the long summer break, with research showing a dip in reading levels if children do not have regular access to books. They can join the Silly Squad on a new adventure by setting their own personal reading challenge to complete this summer. Create a free profile to keep track of their books, reviews, and all of the special rewards they unlock along the way. They'll also find heaps of super silly activities, quizzes, videos, games and more to keep them entertained at home. This year's Challenge runs from June to September, so there is plenty of time to take part and get silly this summer.

Let's Get Silly Launch Party Schedule:

4.00pm - Sam & Mark (as seen on CBBC) launch the Summer Reading Challenge 2020 and introduce you to the Silly Squad, telling you how you can sign up and start your seriously silly summer

4:10pm - Comedian, author and presenter, David Baddiel, reads from his children's book The Taylor TurboChaser

4:15pm - Author Gareth P Jones reads from his book Dinosaur Detective: Catnapped! and takes us on a real adventure

4:20pm - Drawing with award-winning author and illustrator Rob Biddulph

4:30pm - Poet and author Joseph Coehlo reads Funny Fish from his book Poems Aloud

4:35pm - President of Libraries Connected, Carol Stump, reads a book from the official 2020 Summer Reading Challenge booklist - You Can't Call an Elephant in an Emergency by Patricia Cleveland-Peck & David Tazzyman

4:40pm - Crafts, colour and creativity with the original queen of colouring, Johanna Basford

4:45pm - Authors Katie and Kevin Tsang read from their book Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Zombies - including some super silly dress up!

4:50pm - Let's Get Silly with longest-serving female BBC Blue Peter presenter and author Konnie Huq

4:55pm - Presenter, author and adventurer, Ben Fogle reads an extract from his Mr Dog book series

5:05pm - The British Library shares content from their Discovering Children's Books website where you can find a whole range of creative activities. In this video, Viviane Schwarz shows you fun ways of developing silly characters

5:10pm - How to Build a Super Silly Reading Den with BBC's Katie Thistleton and Hacker T Dog

5:20pm - Children's author Philip Ardagh reads from his book Bunnies on the Bus

5:25pm - Arts Council England's Director of Libraries, Sue Williamson, reads her favourite poem

5:30pm - Silly Squad draw-along with author and illustrator, Laura Ellen Anderson, who is the Summer Reading Challenge 2020's official illustrator!

5:40pm - Award-winning comedian, actress and writer Samantha Baines reads from her novel Harriet Versus The Galaxy

5:45pm - Konnie Huq gets super silly with the Silly Squad

5:50pm - Shed School Magic with the nation's favourite teacher, Mr Bates

6pm - The nation's favourite comedian and presenter Paul O'Grady will read an excerpt from his favourite children's book, The Borrowers

6:05pm - Author Jennifer Killick reads from her book, Alex Sparrow and the Zumbie Apocalypse and shows us how to do a very silly dance - join in!

6:15pm - Children's author (and game designer!) Gabrielle Kent reads from her book, Knights and Bikes

6:25pm - Actor Owen Teale (Game of Thrones) reads from his favourite book, A Child's Christmas in Wales by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.

6:30pm - Jokes with our Ambassadors! Including Quick Reads 2020 author Milly JohnsonSamantha Baines, and Konnie Huq

6:35pm - Actor and writer Shobna Gulati (Dinner Ladies, Coronation Street) will read Tiny Ant from the Official Book Collection

6:40pm - Author and illustrator Laura Dockrill shares her favourite poems including her own poem My Mum's Growing Down as well as one by Benjamin Zephaniah from Talking Turkeys and a Carol Ann Duffy poem!

6:45pm - It's time to hear the official 'Let's Get Silly!' theme song! Written and performed by Harry Baker and Chris Read

6:50pm - Closing the Launch Party with a bedtime story, actor Charlie Condou (Holby City, Coronation Street) reads This is Gus from the official Summer Reading Challenge book collection

7pm – End

Head to to sign up to the Challenge! And keep an eye on the Summer Reading Challenge Facebook page throughout the summer to catch even more fantastic videos from our wonderful ambassadors and book collection authors!

Keep safe, keep connected, and keep reading.